Without an awareness of our feelings we cannot experience compassion.
How can we share the sufferings and the joys of others if we cannot
experience our own?
If we are not intimate with our emotions, we cannot perceive the
dynamics that lie behind the motion, the way that these dynamics work,
and ends that they serve. Emotions are currents of energy that pass
through us. Awareness of these currents is the first step in learning
how our experiences come into being and why.
Emotions reflect intentions. Therefore, awareness of emotions leads
to awareness of intentions. Every discrepancy between a conscious
intention and the emotions that accompany it point directly to a
splintered aspect of the self that requires healing. If, for example,
your intention to marry causes pain instead of joy, following the pain
will lead you to unconscious intentions. If your intention to advance
in your work causes sorrow instead of satisfaction, following the
sorrow will lead you to unconscious intentions.
Without an awareness of your emotions you are not able to experience
compassion. Compassion is not an emotion. It is a way of being, but
the path to compassion is through your heart, and only an awareness of
your feelings can open your heart.
-- Gary Zukav, in Seat Of The Soul (edited)