It’s time to move to the second week of the Empathic Kindness class. As a reminder, the inspiration for the class is an article called “Six Habits of Highly Empathic People” by Roman Krznaric.
In the article, Krznaric tells us that “Highly Empathic People challenge their own preconceptions and prejudices by searching for what they share with people rather than what divides them.” So that’s your “assignment” this week, to look for the things you share with people rather than the things that make you different.
Start with what may be simple things. Bring enhanced awareness that your share relatives with your family members, that your share the area you live with your neighbors, the grocery store with the people who work there, etc. Then start looking for characteristics you share with people, things that may be quirky about you and someone else.
See if doing this helps you crawl inside the experiences of some other people this week. After all, that’s what empathy is, isn’t it? Feeling what someone else is feeling, or at least trying to.