With Mondrian’s early paintings you see a process of abstraction happening. You could say he is doing the opposite of what we do every day.Read More
The essence of empathy seems to be the ability to feel for another, to 'walk a mile in another's shoes'. So is it possible to develop empathy for ourselves? It seems so. Becoming more 'feelable' with haiku writing.Read More
Empathy can be a healing emotion, it consoles us at times of grief or difficulty. Kisa Gotami and Käthe Kollwitz are both consoled by knowing that they are not alone in the loss of their children, not alone in their suffering.Read More
If compassion is about being truly helpful, about relieving suffering, maybe we can say that empathy is an essential support to compassion, because it gives us the information we need to be of help, it gives us an insight into the other person.
We can put ourselves into their shoes.Read More
If compassion is central to dharma practice and empathy is a prerequisite for compassion, then we can train in empathy, and what more enjoyable way of doing that than engaging with art and culture?Read More