Note: It’s important to read Part 1 prior to this piece.
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Remember, a mental snapshot of everyone and everything, as many details as you can manage.
It’s okay to wear a hat, sunglasses, or whatever clothing is appropriate for your day. The important thing is to keep your eyes closed, and not to wear headphones [for this exercise].
For those [or anyone] struggling through a life of extreme and overwhelming Empathic Connection…this is for you. For those people that can walk into a room full of 5-20 people, and within a few minutes, whether they want it or not, automatically know how every single person in the room feels about them…this is for you.
It’s time to switch to offense. [So many application possibilities]
I’ve broken this down into steps. This is the first time that I’ve made any attempt to communicate any of this information to anyone, so please be patient. This is an attempt to help those struggling with an overwhelming level of empathy, and more.
1: Mental Image
2: Your eyes are closed.
3: Relax and breath easy, don’t overcomplicate your breathing with counting ECT.
4: Don’t fight it, allow yourself to emotionally connect.
5: While keeping [both] eyes closed and remaining connected to the other passengers, visualize everything from the previous mental snapshot, applying as many details as you can possibly recall. [everything you’re doing at this point will continue throughout the exercise]
6: With the exception of your vision, otherwise using any or all of your senses [olfaction, gustation, audition, somatosensory, proprioception, vestibular, tactition, thermoception, nociception, equilibrioception] continue with your mental image.
Modern cognitive neuroscience is challenging the idea of humans having only 5 senses, and possibly as many as 33. For those interested in learning more, I recommend taking a look at neuroplasticity, and everything that it represents.
Here is another list: area vision (sight), audition (hearing), gustation (taste), olfaction (smell), tactition (touch), thermoception (heat, cold), nociception (pain), equilibrioception (balance, gravity), proprioception (body awareness).
7: Now it gets interesting. Modify your mental image with each and every change that takes place on the bus. This includes but is not limited to the following. A passenger changes seats. One or more persons get on or off the bus. The goal is to maintain a clear image without peeking.
Keep in mind, your Empathic Connections will continue with each and every passenger as they step on and off the bus. The temptation to open your eyes may be too much, and that’s completely natural. If that happens [and it will], then go ahead and peek, and then close them once more.
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