Hello everyone! I've sat with a question for a few days and while I haven't found an answer, I have found more examples of this phenomena as my memory has tried to come to my rescue. My gut tells me that is a 'compassion vs empathy' issue but I've only just started listening to that particular piece of anatomy and we simply don't have the emotional equity built up for me to trust it. Anyway, it's this:
When I watch a scene play out in front of me that is emotionally evocative - particularly a touching, heartfelt act, I am prone to tears. Tears of joy, to be sure - but still...tears. I've never considered 'fixing' this as I've never considered it something that was broken. However, as I was putting around at home a few days ago, there was a running commentary in my head that went something like so... "I am breathing in, I am breathing out; the Buddha is breathing in, the Buddha is breathing out..." as I continued to putt around, the Buddha and I did a great many things all to a running commentary which was just fine until I saw a great act of kindness, was overwhelmed by the act and the tears came. "I am crying tears of joy; the Buddha is crying tears of....wait a moment!"
Over the last couple of days, I've recalled many instances and situations where I was moved to tears by an event while in the presence of a monk. In every case, they sported a joyous countenance, but I cannot ever remember them shedding a tear. Anyone like to toss me a bone and share (or speculate) why that is?