Full-blown empathy is when you can feel another person's walk, their energy, their breath, their anxiety, their wisdom, their suffering, their confusion, their brilliance, their hopes and fears...
When we see and feel life from somebody else's point of view, I think we can realize that for the most part other people are just trying to be happy in their own life in their own way. Sometimes their pursuit aligns with our own happiness, sometimes it is kind of neutral to us and sometimes it appears to be diametrically opposed to our own experience of well-being.
by David Nichtern
Senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher