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Intent of the Day: Practice Empathy


Empathy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”

The action of understanding is an interesting sentence. It reminds us that it is an act, it is a choice. It’s not a thing you should consider yourself exempt from. It’s not that some people are empathetic and some people aren’t. It means that, for the most part, empathy is a trait you can choose to develop. Today our intent is to practice empathy.

And why does it matter at all?  Continue reading


How do you spell the word ‘give’?

It’s spelled as … c-o-m-p-a-s-s-i-o-n.

When you give, it simply means that you —

— clearly see, can understand, can relate, do sympathize, do care, do love — the other person

…..who may not be as bright, as well-positioned, as educated, as rich, as healthy, as well-dressed, or as beautiful as you are.

You give because you see the other person’s need to receive.

And you respond as God so responds.

Giving straight from the heart….. is the blueprint of GIVE… and of giving.

What do you write to someone who’s bereaved?

Ironically, just two days after writing about sending love, prayers, and pure compassion when you can’t be there for someone physically — or when it seems words just won’t do — the most beautiful array of solicitous messages appeared in my email box. They were expressions of sympathy, support, and hope meant not for me, but for someone in a private, relatively small Google group to which I belong. The person, who I’ll call “Beth” to protect her privacy, had experienced an unthinkable loss, and posted a message about it, which we all received and of course wanted to respond to.

Though I won’t share names or details (I’ve created pseudonyms for the comforters as well), I do want to share some of what people wrote. Perhaps when you can’t find the words, these simple messages of sympathy and empathy can help you comfort someone who’s experienced a loss. Such expressions are like a soothing salve; they can’t heal the deep wounds, but they may help assuage the pain.

I hope these online missives of compassion hearten you as they did me, and please let us know: what do you write to someone who has lost a loved one, when there is no greeting card to pave the way? And has anyone written something very special to you during a time of bereavement that you’d like to share?

With hope,

Beth, when I read your message my heart sank knowing how devastated you must feel. Know that those of us across the country who know you through this group are all there with you, and are here to give you strength when you need it. You are in my prayers daily.

Dear Beth,
I cannot comprehend how difficult this time must be for you. I am so, so sorry. Know that we are all thinking of you, and wishing you strength as you deal with so much grief.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. I cannot imagine the grief you must be experiencing. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Dearest Beth,
My heart breaks for you, and I am sending so much love and so many prayers. Thank you for letting us know.
With deepest sympathy,

I am so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in my prayers during this time of great loss.

Beth, I’m so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. Cindy

Beth, I’m so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. Janice

Dear Beth,
I can only imagine the shock and devastation that you must be experiencing. I am so sorry. I hope you will feel the strength and love from the many people who care about you and your family.
Peace and prayers,

I am sorry for the loss of your mother and brother, you and your family will be in my prayers.

I send my condolences to you and your family as you face this tragedy. May you maintain hope for a brighter future through the sorrow.

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Physical, mental and spiritual affinity




      Affinity a word many times not fully understood by many people as it happened to me many years ago, when I spend some time immersed in deep thoughts  about our special affinity with just a few members of our family and not with all of them. Why is this so? The same principle is applied to friends. Why can’t we succeed in having a more opened and sincere communication with our family members, relatives, coworkers and friends for most we really try?


To my understanding arrived this next explanation: It mainly has to do, from the wide open view point of reincarnation, and also about our spiritual level of our reintegration with THE UNITY. Here at Intent we experience this affinity, sometimes a very strong one, other times we don’t feel attracted to some of its member even though all of us desire and is deeply committed to share a much better world to live in. But this is good news because is in wonderful diversity where more practical solutions can be found and applied. Thanks to this fact, our humanity has many more chances of finding the advantages and benefits of a spiritual awakening that achieves in changing a lot of things that need to be changed.


  For all the above reasons, I would like to experience much more sharing from all of us. By doing this everybody will find many more opened channels of self-improvement. I know it isn’t an easy task, but all our lives will be highly enriched. The effort is well worth trying. This is my very humble suggestion to reinforce our ties. There is a reason why we have access to this wonderful site.

With loving brotherly ties


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