Bingz, I really understand how you explain empathy here. I find that I put up some boundaries and cut some cords with empathy. It's such a big superpower to have and can take years to learn how to navigate and use with ease, both protecting ourselves and offering what we can to others. I think the no/light judgment part is essential to this practice. Thank you for writing about it.

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