OMpathy – Yogic Empathy
As a meditative mantra OM resonates throughout the body penetrating to the centre of one’s being. This vibration allows a state of trance where the mind and the intellect are transcended and can be deeply healing. This sacred sound is believed to be the spoken essence of the universe and allows for a connection to that which is larger than ourselves.
Old Mr Webster defines EMPATHY as having the capacity for understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to and experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another without having these fully communicated in an explicit manner.
To have empathy is to experience what others are feeling. For this to happen one must first be able to acknowledge and accept our own emotions. The core of Yoga is about truly wanting to make others happy, to alleviate suffering indiscriminately and to nurture true compassion. To do this one must first have empathy.