Empathy and Slowing down with Clay-March Maker's Space

"If we want a more compassionate society, we need to slow down."  The Science of Empathy by Skye Jethani 3/6/18 {dailydevotional@skyejethani.com} New brain research has found that our selfish part of the brain works much faster than our empathetic side.  If we want to become more empathetic with one another, we need to slow down and give our brain time to catch up and listen.  The whole time though, our brain will be fighting it, by suggesting ways to meet our own selfish needs.  Caring about someone else takes work and time to really listen to them and to hear their story.  In this busy world, we only have time to think about our own needs.  Our time saving methods have only made us busier.  Chances are that the person sitting next to you is thinking about himself, not you.  We are only responsible for ourselves and the change that we can do to make a more empathetic society.  It starts with us.  Will we slow down and care about another human?

At our March meeting of The Maker's Space, those that gathered spent time practicing slowing down and being with other people.  It takes small steps to make changes.  Clay helped us slow down and study our hands and what they can say not using words.


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