So Angie Writes – Life's A Challenge, So Angie Writes!

So Angie Writes – Life's A Challenge, So Angie Writes!

Trauma Recovery – Shame Resilience – Self-Compassion – Coping With Chronic Pain


All of the posts under the "Empathy" category.

Empathy Takes Education and Effort

Empathy Takes Education and Effort by

I carry this empathy cheat-sheet in my wallet.

Empathy requires learning, trying, falling flat.

A willingness. A capacity for trying again.

Empathy is a skill set. Five proven steps for connection.


So I draw near the feeler. I keep my mouth shut, my mind open. I let their expression touch on my shared emotion.… Continue reading

Angie September 4, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Angie August 5, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Make Space For Stories

People carry impossible pains
There are losses that can’t be spoken
My vacancies are occupied in other lives
Yet the spot where I feel full
Remains empty for someone else

To just be aware and able
To tell my own stories
Lay out my own bloody burdens
Is not enough if I cannot
Safeguard that space for others

Empathy quote from Nonviolent Communication

Empathy quote from Nonviolent Communication

I don’t have to match your experiences to see you.… Continue reading

Angie May 11, 2015 6 Comments Permalink

Angie March 11, 2015 6 Comments Permalink

Angie December 27, 2014 8 Comments Permalink

Angie December 3, 2014 5 Comments Permalink

Angie August 28, 2014 8 Comments Permalink

Collected – The Early Messages of Shame

Every sigh
Alarmed look
Warning word
Intended as care
Yet reflecting rejection
In a brain set
Against itself
As it was trained to be

Shame begins as a two-person exchange, usually in early childhood, when someone was unable to meet our needs for love and belonging. When we internalize the feeling and learn to use it against ourselves, those early messages of being too much, or not enough, strengthen.… Continue reading

Angie July 19, 2014 7 Comments Permalink

Healing Side-by-Side

Oh, empathy. I ooze it. Empathy distorts the boundaries of my body, and sometimes I feel blended slightly into other beings. At times I can’t tell where I end and others begin, particularly when people are in pain. I sit close and reach out with a comforting hand. My skin becomes smudged and my heart hurts.… Continue reading

Angie January 12, 2014 5 Comments Permalink

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