Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Power of Empathy


Is connecting with someone, acknowledging the feeling; not just trying to make it better.


Phrases that begin with "at least" are a "silver lining" - a form of disconnect.
"At least you have a healthy baby" doesn't make someone recovering from a cesarean feel better. "At least you have a healthy baby" doesn't make a traumatic birth feel any better. 

Connection does!

Meeting them where they are - mourning with them, connecting with them - begins that healing process and let's them know, they are not alone and they will be OK and it is OK to feel what they are feeling. 

Be gentle and kind on this Journey of Life. Make connections and empathize with others, even if you can't relate to what they're going through, even if you don't agree or don't understand their feelings. Everyone's feelings deserve value and just as each person deserves value, each birth is valuable and precious. 

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