Dan Siegal talks about the neuropsycholgy of empathy. Mirror neurons simulate internal states. Your brain takes in another’s emotional state through your “mirror neurons” that influences your brainstem and then the body. You resonate with what you see. You start feeling thirsty as you imagine I am feeling thirsty. You start feeling angry if you think I am angry. This is how you feel another’s feelings and understand what’s going on inside of the other persons mental world. You develop what Siegal calls “mindsight” to see inside subjective experience . We spent a week studying and meditating with Dr Dan at the Upaya Zen Centre in Santa Fe a couple of years ago. What an incredibly intelligent, compassionate, accessible and very humble fellow.