Those who feel this level of sensitivity are not ill, but simply more aware of our oneness. They are moved by the struggles of others because it is understood that they carry part of the burden. They bask in the victories of others because they share a sense of accomplishment. In this understanding there is peace. If we are enveloped by sadness, we are aware that we share it; we aren't alone. If we are dancing in joy, we take pleasure in knowing our light reflects in the eyes of those whose lives we touch.
People sometimes become uncomfortable with this manner of thinking, feeling perhaps that they need to attach a dogma to it. While some of the eastern traditions speak of oneness in their teaching, a close look at the Bible yeilds the same results. "Do onto others as you would have done to you" really speaks to oneness. We are our brother's keeper. We are our neighbor's mirror. We are our collective childrens' protector. We are snorts of uncontrollable laughter, and sobs that can't be comforted until they exhaust themselves. We are one, and I am grateful.