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Empathic - Dax25 - 09-06-2010 09:59 AM
My mom is a elementary teacher and this summer she taught a summer school kindergarden class. For one unit her and another teacher bought the kids a “grow a frog”. Basically you get a tadpole and take care of it and watch it become a frog. Well, one weekend she brought it home to take care of. Instantly I felt how special this tadpole was to her class. The tadpole was in a small green container and had plenty of water to swim in, it had some vegetation in with it to make it more happy. The container came with a cardboard cut out frog that looked like a cartoon, underneath it was a sign that said “Worlds Best Pet”. The amount of emotion coming off these few objects was really strong. During that weekend I would check on the tadpole every day to make sure it was ok. I watched it swimming around it's container eating. Everyone once in a while it would star back at me and within those few seconds I saw so much more then just a tadpole something so beautiful. And then it hit me all these little kinds loved this tadpole, I could almost see them standing over it in amazement knowing that their class got something different something special, and then I thought about it. At this point all the emotions got to me and I actually started to get teary eyed. I dunno why these emotions got to me, I'm usually good at shielding. Perhaps I will never know, and that’s ok. Sometimes being empathic sucks, but other times it's amazing.
RE: Empathic - scarygirl67 - 09-06-2010 10:03 AM
That was such a nice thing to read Dax! And maybe sometimes we aren't supposed to shield all of those feelings. After all, those weren't sad tears, they were tears of being overwhelmed. I can almost see the things you describe, and it is really touching when you think of all those little kids being excited over the growth of their pet.
On a deeper level, it reminds us all of how we should take pleasure in those simple things in life. Honestly Dax, this experience made my day! Thank you for sharing it with us.
RE: Empathic - SweetyStacey - 09-07-2010 09:15 AM
I definately understand how you are feeling dax. I'm very sensitive to peoples emotions, good or bad. Yes I agree sometimes it's hard to take but you just have to think that you are like these for a reason..to grow spiritually. You feeling how others feel is a great thing to have and learn from, if you know how others feel then maybe you can use that information and adapt it to your own experiences.
I was talking to a friend last night until 4am and he was telling me all about his abused childhood and I was in tears listening to him, I felt really hurt that someone would go through this and still come out at the other end a great person. What i'm getting at is that I learned from listening to him and feeling his pain, I learned that no matter how bad I think my life is, it's true what they say "There's always someone else worse off than yourself".
I know don't feel so bad about my life, I feel lucky to have the life I have.
Just remember to stop and take note of your empathic experiences and see what you can learn from them.
RE: Empathic - Dax25 - 09-07-2010 11:51 AM
Thank you both for the inputs. Scarygirl, you are right we shouldn't shield all the time. Sometimes I forget that. Even though I have come a long way, I still at times need to spend a good amount of time alone to purge other people's emotions from my own. But at the same time I shouldn't shield as much. I will continue to work on this, and will learn from it. SweetyStacey, I agree with you, we can learn a lot from someone just by feeling their emotions as well as listening to them. I have some idea of what it's like to listen to other people although I have never listened to anyone talk about there abused childhood. When it comes to my friends and family I always try and offer my support and listen to them, a lot of the time I will do my best to keep the “peace” sometimes it's harder then others but it is a learning experiencing. But after awhile as I mentioned before I have to get away from everyone to vent everything so it doesn't cripple me, I will continue to try my best to learn from these experiences .
RE: Empathic - LMC - 09-07-2010 06:47 PM
beautiful.... sometimes when you get feelings like that or should I say pick up on things like that it's a beautiful thing to be a empath
RE: Empathic - K2M - 09-07-2010 08:30 PM
What a great story, i am also an empath and it can be wonderful at times and heart breaking at other times. Its wonderful that you could feel the love of those children for the little tadpole.
RE: Empathic - Dax25 - 09-13-2010 08:24 PM
I agree, it's truly a wonderful experience and heart breaking at the same time. I think if everyone payed attention to others emotions the world would be a lot different. I think ego, although necessary to an extent, causes a lot of damage.
RE: Empathic - LMC - 09-13-2010 08:29 PM
(09-13-2010 08:24 PM)Dax25 Wrote: I think ego, although necessary to an extent, causes a lot of damage.I agree on that 100%
RE: Empathic - K2M - 09-14-2010 08:57 AM
(09-13-2010 08:24 PM)Dax25 Wrote: I agree, it's truly a wonderful experience and heart breaking at the same time. I think if everyone payed attention to others emotions the world would be a lot different. I think ego, although necessary to an extent, causes a lot of damage.
Also agree %100