This is lesson 9 in the series "Conquering Codependency - Loving Without Leaning" looking at aspects of codependency from a spiritual point of view. Each of the 48 lessons includes a prayer or meditation.
Empathy broadens our range of feelings by letting us feel what another is going through.
We then have the choice to do a caring deed without expectation of personal reward. We have a chance to feel good about ourselves for just being kind.
Feeling and giving empathy lets us experience we are part of a big world family. In empathy we are more likely to act for another as we would like to be treated ourselves.
Prayer to Develop Empathy
“Lord, may I feel what another is going through
While remaining peaceful
Then reflecting and acting on a useful resolve
With no expectation for reward.”
Sit straight in a chair or on a cushion or carpet on the floor. Fold your hands in your lap or place on your thighs, either facing down or facing up. Close your eyes. Take a deep cleansing breath and do even regular breathing for 2 minutes such as this: counts 1, 2, breathe in; counts 3, 4, breathe out and continue ...
Now, let go of counting your breaths but continue the steady breathing. Turn your thoughts to empathy. Ask yourself what the word means to you. How could you increase your response to others using empathy.
Finish your meditation by resolving to use empathy in one particular relationship rather than imposing your view on how they should be feeling.
Take another deep breath, stand and stretch.
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Article - Susan Kramer