Affective empathy is also known as emotional empathy. It is the capacity to respond to another person’s emotional state.
The young Buddhist yells over to the teacher, “Oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river?” The teacher ponders for a moment looks up and down the river and yells back, “My son, you are on the other side.”
Inhale as the picture expands, and exhale as it contracts.
To all appearances he is a fool.
His steps leave no trace. He has no power.
He achieves nothing, has no reputation.
“My actions are my only true belongings.”
Begin a breath as normal, and then release. When you get to the bottom of your breath – when you’re out of air – just linger there for a moment. Do not initiate the next breath.
The real art of non-resistance is to steer the ship along with the current, not against it. It does not mean to surrender all control or effort, it simply means to wield it more wisely.
Not your happiness, nor your personality, nor your fun and informative and crucial emotions are replaced by inner peace. Inner peace facilitates them.