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Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship

Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Perhaps one of the most defining features of humanity is our capacity for empathy -- the ability to put ourselves in others' shoes.
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Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows

Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
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.
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It actually is better (and healthier) to give than to receive, study finds

It actually is better (and healthier) to give than to receive, study finds | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
A five-year study by researchers at three universities has established that providing tangible assistance to others protects our health and lengthens our lives.
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Barack Obama and the 'empathy deficit'

Barack Obama and the 'empathy deficit' | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
The US president claims the 'empathy deficit' is a more pressing problem than the federal deficit, but, says Mark Honigsbaum, empathy may be merely a product of changing scientific fashions
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Compassion Meditation: A Healthier Emotional Brain

Compassion Meditation: A Healthier Emotional Brain | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
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!
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Dalai Lama - Conquer your "self"

The Dalai Lama points out the connection between suffering and afflictive emotions, the "enemy within", and also the possibility of change. The real enemy is always within, not without. 

 

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Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How To Have Compassion

Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How To Have Compassion | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it

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.

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Cultivating Compassion

Cultivating Compassion | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
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.

 

by David Mittleman


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Not does compassion lower anxiety, depression and stress, but there are no adverse side effect, and this style of 'treatment' does not result in a large medical bill either.
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MC Yogi - GIVE LOVE

Look for MC Yogi's "Give Love" available at iTunes on May 22 and his new album 'Pilgrimage' dropping June 19. Video Designed by MC Yogi. Produced/animated by...

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On Science And Religion: A Buddhist Monk's Perspective

On Science And Religion: A Buddhist Monk's Perspective | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.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.
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Google's Chade-Meng Tan Wants You to Search Inside Yourself for Inner (and World) Peace, by Knowledge@Wharton

Google's Chade-Meng Tan Wants You to Search Inside Yourself for Inner (and World) Peace, by Knowledge@Wharton | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it

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."

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The Four Myths of Self Compassion

The Four Myths of Self Compassion | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it

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.

 

By Bobbi Emel


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Want to Change Your Life? This Movie Might Inspire You | Streams of Consciousness, Scientific American Blog Network

Want to Change Your Life? This Movie Might Inspire You | Streams of Consciousness, Scientific American Blog Network | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it

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

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39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist, by Leo Babauta

39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist, by Leo Babauta | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it...
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John Michel's curator insight, July 28, 2013 4:00 PM

Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it.

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» The More Gray Matter You Have, The More Altruistic You Are - Psych Central News

» The More Gray Matter You Have, The More Altruistic You Are   - Psych Central News | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
New research shows that people who behave more altruistically have more gray matter at the junction between the parietal and temporal lobes. This shows, for
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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
A new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.
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Recent scientific research compares mindfulness meditation with compassion meditation.

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Security Camera Video Captures Good Too

Current research shows that seeing the good or altruism, beneath our very noses can literally increase our compassion toward others

 

LoveEverybody.com Changing the world one moment at a time...

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When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
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...
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Dalai Lama: 'Religion Is No Longer Adequate'

Dalai Lama: 'Religion Is No Longer Adequate' | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
On Monday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama took to Facebook to tell his four million friends that "religion is no longer adequate."...
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Meditation, Happiness and Compassionate Altruism

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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/

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Nurturing Children’s Empathy

Nurturing Children’s Empathy | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it

 

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.

 

- Point Out Other People’s Feelings....

- Switch Roles to “Feel” the Other Side...

- Imagine Someone’s Feelings...

 

by Michele Borba


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Global Oneness Project: Prison Mindfuness

Global Oneness Project: Prison Mindfuness | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.

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The Science of Compassion

The Science of Compassion | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Empirically speaking, does the experience of compassion toward one person measurably affect our actions and attitudes toward other people?
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Empathy: The Most Valuable Thing They Teach at Harvard Business School

Empathy: The Most Valuable Thing They Teach at Harvard Business School | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it

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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Do Mirror Neurons Give Us Empathy?

Do Mirror Neurons Give Us Empathy? | The Art of Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explains what mirror neurons tell us--and what they don't--about empathy and other skills.
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