As an individual’s spiritual practice matures the mind begins to stop, and you feel yourself to be arising in everything and everything arising in you. When you get really sensitive you start to hear and feel what’s going on inside people whether you want to or not.
When this first starts it’s oftentimes experienced as painful. It’s one of the reasons that many people prefer isolation for yogic practice. But the world is the world and you have to understand that there is no quality present that is more or less you. There really is just one mind and it is a shared condition.
You have to come to the point where, as they say in Zen practice, you come down from the mountain and learn to live with the tiger of the world. Otherwise what good is your spiritual practice if you can only live in a cave? Your practice just became a prison.