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Conscious Lifestyle

The Relationship Building Power of Empathy: Seven Actions of Empathic Listeners, 3 of 3

Empathy empowers grace and harmony in our lives and relationships.

Without empathy, we're not connected to the otherwise amazing inner resources available to help us restore or keep our connection to built-in capacities to think and feel, and, when necessary, to shift to optimal thoughts and feelings, imagine new possibilities, transform fears, make optimal choices, and ultimately grow wiser learning from our mistakes.

It is in empathic relationships that we learn to feel safe enough to compassionately connect with what...
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Conscious Lifestyle

The Relationship Building Power of Empathy: Seven Conscious Actions of Empathic Listeners, 2 of 3

Empathy is a key emotion in building healthy, vibrant, mutually enriching relationships.

In Part 1, we described empathy as a form of love, a gift of our presence to actively listen, to emotionally connect, and to provide a holding place that shares the intensity of another's experience. We also said that, consciously or subconsciously, empathy stems from certain intentions. It doesn't stop...
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The Relationship Building Power of Empathy: Four Intentions of Empathic Listeners, 1 of 3

Empathic listeners are relationship builders. They have a cultivated ability for being present, empathically connected. How do you cultivate empathy however? It starts with set intentions, at least four of them.

For human beings, empathy may be one of the greatest gifts to give or to receive, and perhaps one of our deepest yearnings. It is a form of love, an aspect of love that is expressed through the act of listening to understand from the...
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Three Lessons Learned From Studies of Success

A lot has been learned about the brain and behavior in the last three decades. At the same time, we’ve gained understanding of success by studying successful people in various endeavors.

Here are three important lessons we’ve gained from studying success.

One, success does not create happiness, instead, it is the other way around: happiness creates success. That’s right. Success is an inner job.

It does not come from what is outside of you...
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