After some (medical blog ) reading I find this discovery extraordinary, not because of medical treatments, but also because it simply touches my heart. This discovery makes me feel like I have just witnessed an extraordinary moment of empathic connection between a fully formed human heart…..
“There is a road from one heart to another,” my grandmother would say, reflecting a wisdom that has been passed through generations. This invisible highway of empathy between hearts has been traveled by many wise men and women before. People with such abilities, regardless of their religious or cultural affiliations, often shared a unified view of the world where no one and nothing is left out, not even a single heart cell.
In a way, this invisible highway connects our hearts to the rest of the Universe like a thread that runs through everything in existence. This makes me ponder the immense potential we each carry within ourselves. Just like the cells that we are made of, which required a mixture of proteins to be reprogrammed to unleash their true potential, we can also realize our true capacity when it comes to being one with the variety within and beyond ourselves, through empathy and love.
Recently, I have been reading about how scientists can now view where on our brain the emotion of empathy appears and I cannot help but wonder how a heart-on-empathy would look like. A timeless voice on humanity and love, Rumi said: “When brain tries to understand love, it looks like a donkey struggling to get out of a mud pool. The more he struggles to get out, the deeper he sinks. Your heart is the only guide when it comes to love.”
There is certainly more to a human heart than what meets the eye. Perhaps one day we will have the scientific capability to truly comprehend all of the visible and invisible attributes of a human heart; how it can cover the entire Universe when it comes to harboring love and empathy, and how two hearts sometimes can beat as one, or how small and confined the heart can feel when it is crowded with thoughts and feelings that blur its real potential.
We are hard-wired to feel empathy, which is mostly described as an inherent ability to think or feel like another. However, empathy can be many things. If it is not to feel understanding and compassion for another, it is a survival tool that has become an integral part of our nature. We use the soft, nurturing side of empathy to care for our newborn and our elderly, to tell compelling stories to transfer our knowledge and wisdom, to create and enjoy art, and to remain social beings by trying to understand and relate to others.
We also use empathy when hunting, not only for food and animals, but also for ideas in the business world. It is a way for us to stay ahead of the game by thinking like another to predict the next steps ahead. Empathy is something that we do every day without even realizing it. Empathy is a tool that when used for the greater good can provide us with creative thinking skills that might lead us to new scientific discoveries, better designed products that are good for us and also for our environment, or might lead us to positive behavior change which might simply enable us to be better friends, parents, and global citizens.