Empathy and compassion are not the same thing, they are distinctly different but both are essential to live life as a caring individual. Empathy is being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to understand how they are feeling at any given moment, and relating that to how you would feel in their position. Compassion then takes this feeling and acts upon it, taking action to make that individual feel better. Being compassionate in your daily life, is another way of choosing happiness as through your intent to do good for others you are spreading positivity which in turn brings its karmic rewards.
Living compassionately is known to decrease a negative bias towards others, it has also been scientifically proven to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines as well as reduce emotional tension. Put simply, compassion is empathy in motion and the compassionate actions that you undertake by no means have to be life changing for the recipient in order to have an impact on yours and their well being. It is something that we all need to practice at being, as although we may feel that we are a compassionate person we may still walk down the street and turn a blind eye to the homeless man sitting in the rain, whereas we could be providing him with an umbrella or a hot drink instead.
Many people lack empathy. They are too self centred and too self absorbed to be able to see things from any other point of view than their own. As they are lacking in empathy so too are they lacking in compassion for their fellow human beings. These people are going through life with only themselves for comfort and company, a little empathy and compassion can open up many opportunities for changing your life for the better. Start small, look for small acts of kindness, small acts of compassion without reward and start reaping the benefits of creating positivity in your life.
Everyone has the ability to show empathy and compassion, however there are some people that are naturally empathic. Not only can they put themselves into the shoes of another they can also feel their pain, sense their unease and pick up on any physical, mental or emotional conditions that an individual is suffering from. This can be difficult to adjust to, and it can take a great deal of time to master the protection techniques required to sever the cord between you and the person giving out these feelings. Empaths are however very compassionate people and often go out of their way to help someone.
As far as empathic protection is concerned it is very similar to psychic protection, though depending on an individuals level of empathic ability there may need to be several layers of ‘shielding’ put in place. It is important that protection is used, as an empath would find it difficult to differentiate between their own feelings and emotions and those of someone else close by.