Mindfulness: Empathy Is Our Human Connection

1 Comment May 13, 2013 / Posted in Meditation, Mindful Business, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness

It is with the heart that one sees rightly.
For what essential is invisible to the eye.
                                                     The Little Prince

We are back to the awareness that the way I think influences who I am and who I am influences what I do.

Lee Thayer in Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing shares:

Behind and under and before every perception, every feeling, every decision and every action, there are habits. Habits of mind, habits of perception, habits of feeling, habits of reaction and action. “The World” about which we speak so loosely does not “inform us. We are “informed” by our own thinking and feelings about what that world is like and what is going on in it.

In short, The first and last leadership lesson is this:

We are led by our habits of feeling, of thinking,
of perceiving, and of understanding.

Get those right, and everything beyond becomes possible. Get those wrong, and the outcomes will always be something you didn’t choose.

When Susan Scott was writing Fierce Conversations, someone said she should write one about work and another one about outside work.  Her comment was: Whether you squeeze an orange at home or at work what do you get?  Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book title says it well:  Wherever You Go; There You Are.

I remind myself: Be slow to react when triggered. I never know what the other person has been through or is experiencing.

This video from the Cleveland Clinic is a moving reminder of empathy is our human connection to one another.



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  1. Britton said on May 14th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for posting this! One of the most powerful and grounding videos I’ve ever seen. The arrow hit the target. Thank you, Ozzie.

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