A new study shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report investigates whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.
Compassion meditation, evidence of enduring brain changes (especially in the amygdala, that sometimes hyper-reactive alarm button), and my alma mater, Emory University. Put them all together, and get an AWESOME piece of research!
Roshi Joan Halifax presents How to Bring Compassion Into Your Interactions With Others.
My hope is that the G.R.A.C.E. model will help you to actualize compassion in your own life and that the impact of this will ripple out to benefit the people with whom you interact each day as well as countless others.
In my line of work, I practice compassion very often for the clients that I help to overcome often debilitating injuries that include both the physical and emotional. Sometimes it seems that our society doesn't practice a lot of compassion--we are quick to judge another without really looking at ourselves. While browsing the Internet, I came across an article that caught my eye about the health benefits of compassion and thought about how there are many benefits to practicing this type of behavior. In fact, research shows that having compassion for others results in lesser anxiety, depression and stress. Regardless, it is still difficult to practice compassion, but there are ways for you to get better at it.
As an atheist, I do not believe in god. Neither does Dr. Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who earned his PhD in cellular genetics and currently lives in the Himalayan region, where he leads humanitarian efforts in India, Nepal, and Tibet.
Google's Chade-Meng Tan talks about the "Search Inside Yourself' programme he has developed. Great insight and a very real world approach. How to appeal to people who think "This [meditation and compassion] is all hippie bullshit."
If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. – Dalai Lama
We are conditioned to put the other person ahead of ourselves, sometimes to the detriment of our own ability to be kind to ourselves. Why is this?
Dr. Kristin Neff was teaching a workshop I recently attended about self-compassion. She had the workshop participants get into pairs and sit facing our partners. Then, one person closed her eyes while the other looked at her and silently repeated a loving-kindness meditation Dr. Neff shared with us.
I didn’t know the person I was paired with. But, as I looked at her and silently directed the meditation toward her, I felt waves of compassion and kindness and even love for her.
People V. The State of Illusion, a new docudrama from Samuel Goldwyn Films, is a mixture of fiction and brain science that might, in fact, inspire some people to change their outlook on the world for the better. The film, which was written and produced by a former attorney Austin Vickers, invokes a good deal of science to back up the simple, uplifting argument that we all have the power to change our lives by changing our own minds
As an exploding body of clinical research confirms that mindfulness helps reduce stress and promote healing, learning and neuroplasticity, a parallel line of study on the practice of loving-kindness has begun to converge with exciting new research...
Contemplative Practices, Wellbeing, and Kindness to Strangers...
Having gathered data from major schools of contemplative practices, including over 2000 subjects thus far, Lynn E. O’Connor Ph.D. from Wright Institute, Berkeley CA, is about to present their results at a meeting organized by the Stanford University-based CCare, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, http://ccare.stanford.edu/
Children are hard-wired for empathy, but unless it is nurtured the trait may lie dormant. Parenting advice based on research that nurture our children’s capacity to feel for others
...3 Simple Ways to Boost Children’s Empathy
Research tells us empathy is a trait we can develop in our kids. Real and meaningful experiences are always the best way to activate a child’s heart. Look for opportunities for your child to give to others. Meanwhile, here are three proven techniques to help children learn to feel for others and develop a stronger, more caring heart.
These probably aren't words that you were expecting to see in the same sentence — Harvard Business School and empathy. But as I reflect back on my time as a student there, I've begun to realize that more than anything else, this is one of the the most valuable things that the school teaches...
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