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Building a Culture of Empathy in Your Life and Work – YogaTailor Blog – Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Health, Wellness Tips, Guides and Articles

By John Kinyon Physical exercise for decades now has been popularly accepted as important to healthy living. Yoga and mindfulness/meditation have recently become commonly accepted as beneficial practices for health and higher functioning. Similarly, the many benefits of emotional intelligence, particularly empathy, are talked about and written about often these days. However, structured giving and receiving of empathic listening with one another is not yet commonly practiced in people’s daily and weekly lives. I believe structure is needed to reap the benefits of empathy and develop skill utilizing it. The benefits of empathy, and the emotional intelligence that goes with it, include: the ability to create the conditions for happiness and fulfilling relationships, stellar work performance, and outstanding leadership (from Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, 2012). Structured routines of exchanging empathic listening and speaking builds the habit of empathy, which in turn creates a culture of empathy in our personal and work lives, and leads to compassion and collaboration. By empathy as a skill, I mean how we communicate in conversation, how we listen and talk with others, and with ourselves. The reason to “do empathy” is because it creates connection, within ourselves and with others, and it takes us […]

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