posted on Aug, 16 2014 @ 02:04 AM
I tend to see this phenomena not as a person become more sensitive exactly- more that they become more consciously aware of what is happening inside
Because when the biological processes are measured, it turnes out that being in the presence of another causes mirroring of their emotional state
physiologically... even if you are unaware of it.
Studies show that we respond to sensual input that it is on subtle levels, beyond our awareness (the way we respond to pheromones, for example).
Meditation, from my experience, simply turns the conscious awareness to focus more upon internal states and processes, which makes you more CONSCIOUS
of the way emotions are shared, and the more subtle levels of sensual input.
I found that empathic responses had always been going on in me; I was always picking up emotions from others, and my physiology would respond with a
mirror reaction.... except that I was not aware that was happening. I began to observe a process of my mind actually looking for a an "excuse" or
explanation to associate the emotion with.
Like standing next to someone angry, my heart rate goes up, my blood pressure, the blood flooding my muscles.... and my mind starts flicking through
possible events or persons that could be the "source" of this anger- then chooses one (perhaps something that happened earlier, with a specific
person) and I begin to weave a story about how and why that event made me pissed off.
It was because of meditation that I became capable of observing these processes happening throughout the day. Often the emotion is there before my
claimed reason for it.
I stopped needing to attribute reason to the emotions that pass through me. I began to repeat often, "emotions aren't yours or mine- they just ARE"
. Because attributing responsibility to one person or another becomes a sticky business full of traps- who is projecting? Who is stimulating or cuing
the other to feel a certain way? Is this in fact becoming a perpetuating cycle? (you feel bad, it makes me feel bad, which makes you feel bad, and on
But it is exactly the act of trying to pin down the cause and reason which makes it LAST. That is what reproduces the emotion over time, long after
the exterior stimulus is gone.
Don't worry about who or why the emotion is there- acknowledge it, observe it, feel it, and allow it to change and pass on it's own when it will.
That is just my own personal experience and choice of reaction.