Gary Vee talks about the importance of EMPATHY. Today I talk about what it is, what it’s not, and how YOU can empower it.

No matter who you are and what you do, being empathetic is vital.  And guess what? Those who love themselves well have the greatest capacity for this.

Kim McMillen said, “When I loved myself enough I could allow my heart to burst wide open and take in the pain of the world.”


Yes, I believe that’s what Kim was talking about.

So what is EMPATHY? Basically it’s “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to…”

It’s not sympathy.

Thanks to our wise dear friend, Webster…

SYMPATHY “implies sharing (or having the capacity to share) the feelings of another.”

“Empathy tends to be used to mean imagining, or having the capacity to imagine, feelings that one does not actually have.”

So what is an EMPATH?

“One who experiences the emotions of others…” :

Yes, we can take IN the feelings of others, but please stop taking ON the feelings of others.

It’s time to F.E.E.L. for real…

F.E.E.L. yourself well. For others.





LOVE. Listen with your heart.

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Begin to focus on becoming aware of YOUR feelings. Practice this art. While learning to be present with your own feelings, you’ll begin to see your presence grow, as well as your capacity to become empathetic to the feelings of others.

(This is based on the profound little book, When I Loved Myself Enough by Kim McMillen and Alison McMillen-Givnish. You can order a copy HERE.)

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