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Three Insights from the Cutting Edge of Compassion Research

Three Insights from the Cutting Edge of Compassion Research | Freedom by Living Mindfully, with Compassion | Scoop.it
A recent gathering of compassion researchers reveals new discoveries about how and why humans help each other.

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem - What's important is self-compassion.

To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem - What's important is self-compassion. | Freedom by Living Mindfully, with Compassion | Scoop.it

A growing body of research, including new studies by Berkeley's Juliana Breines and Serena Chen, suggest that self-compassion, rather than self-esteem, may be the key to unlocking your true potential for greatness.

 

Now, I know that some of you are already skeptical about a term like "self-compassion." But this is a scientific, data-driven argument — not feel-good pop psychology. So hang in there and keep an open mind.

 

by Heidi Grant Halvorson


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Harvard creates brain-to-brain interface, allows humans to control other animals with thoughts alone | ExtremeTech

Harvard creates brain-to-brain interface, allows humans to control other animals with thoughts alone | ExtremeTech | Freedom by Living Mindfully, with Compassion | Scoop.it
Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human... and a rat. Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the rat's tail.
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Why India.Arie ♥'s Meditation

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Music legend India Arie gets raw and real to talk starting over, inspiration and transcendental meditation. The following is an excerpt from ORIGIN Magazine.
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What Is Time? Determinism, Quantum Physics, Consciousness, Information, Free Will, Causality...

Resolution: optimized for 640 x 360 (16:9 SD) http://crackingthenutshell.com/what-is-time/ Welcome to Cracking the Nutshell! In this video, I discuss the nat...

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In Depth: Compassion Fatigue

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Caring too much can hurt. When caregivers focus on others without taking care of themselves burn out, poor judgement and bad overall health can follow.

 

According to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, caring too much can hurt.

 

When caregivers focus on others without taking care of themselves burn out, poor judgement and bad overall health can follow.

 

It's also possible that members of the general public also face compassion or emotional fatigue by constantly witnessing bad news events such as the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, Super Storm Sandy, the Oklahoma tornadoes, the Boston Marathon bombing and other tragedies.


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John Burik's comment, July 20, 2013 12:09 PM
I'm reminded of Laurence Olivier's line from Marathon Man, "Is it safe?". We need to, first, chill out.
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PODCAST: Overcoming the challenges of introducing mindfulness in schools.

PODCAST: Overcoming the challenges of introducing mindfulness in schools. | Freedom by Living Mindfully, with Compassion | Scoop.it
An excerpt from Tish Jenning's keynote at the 2013 Bridging Hearts And Minds of Youth conference, in San Diego, CA.
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Neuroscience: Solving the brain

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The United States and Europe are both planning billion-dollar investments to understand how the brain works. But the technological challenges are vast. ("The brain produces in 30 sec.
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Tips for Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer Heat | Care2 Healthy ...

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Summertime can represent fun time for humans. To many of us it means wearing sandals, tank tops and swim suits. But, for our family members that can't remove.

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The Power of Mindfulness

http://conference.buddhistgeeks.com Can 8 weeks of practice change how the brain processes sadness? In this video clip taken from the Buddhist Geeks Conferen...


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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

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Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.


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The research keeps coming in! Mindfulness. Compassion. Empathy. 

 

They indeed allow us to be happier.

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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

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'The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.

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Listen to Professor Malia Mason talk... - Manhattan Review GMAT GRE LSAT Prep & Admissions Consulting | Facebook

Listen to Professor Malia Mason talk... - Manhattan Review GMAT GRE LSAT Prep & Admissions Consulting | Facebook | Freedom by Living Mindfully, with Compassion | Scoop.it
Listen to Professor Malia Mason talk about her #neuroscience research on HBR IdeaCast. http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2013/07/big-brain-theory.html (Listen to Professor Malia Mason talk about her #neuroscience research on HBR IdeaCast....
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A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation

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This new book presents a groundbreaking dialogue that took place in 2005 between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading researchers and teachers from both Eastern and Western traditions. The event was sponsored by the Mind & Life Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit that studies the intersection of science and meditation; this was its second such public meeting following a similar 2003 gathering at MIT. The excerpt below comes from the book’s Epilogue, which summarizes in scholarly fashion various clinical and basic studies on meditation published between 2006 and 2011.


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Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

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Reduced latent inhibition in the brain allows us to treat something as novel, no matter how may times we've seen it - something that experienced meditators seem to do - which may enhance creativity.

 

In his post Why Daydreamers Are More Creative, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD covers a number of fascinating topics relating to the creative mind, including Latent inhibition.


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Carol Sanford's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:57 AM

Learning a living mediation is a way to do this- so it is happening during interactions, not just sitting time. We introduce Living Systems frameworks that enable people to treat something as novel. It is because it reduces the reactivity people normally feel and competititiveness that causing rejection of the "new". Certainly all of this is needed for creativity, which is in short supply when Responsible Entrepreneurs are trying to grow a business. They far too often fall back on tried and "true", or worse, what is familar. 

Susie Lunardi's curator insight, August 5, 2013 12:32 PM

"Learning a living meditation" - love it.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain

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"Neuroscience should be required for all students [of education] . . .
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Therapy Today - Colin Feltham in conversation with Paul Gilbert

Therapy Today - Colin Feltham in conversation with Paul Gilbert | Freedom by Living Mindfully, with Compassion | Scoop.it

Colin: I think compassion focused therapy (CFT) is still relatively little known across the wider therapy world and no one is going to object to greater compassion. But in what way might the focus on compassion improve therapies that already place emphasis on unconditional positive regard and empathy? Brian Thorne, for example, has written quite a bit about tenderness in person-centred therapy.

Paul: Rogers had real insight into the importance of the therapeutic relationship based on empathy and positive regard, but compassion focused therapy integrates this in a totally different approach. Please bear in mind when reading my answers that this approach was developed for people with chronic and severe mental health difficulties – particularly with high levels of shame/self-criticism.


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P.T.S.D. and Its Critics

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A growing number of psychiatrists and researchers are challenging our understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder… (Could P.T.S.D. be a culturally determined phenomenon as well as a medical one?
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How mindfulness can help school children - The British Psychological Society

How mindfulness can help school children
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Mindfulness can play a role in helping to combat stress and depression in schoolchildren, new research has found.
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Analysis: How to reverse Buddhism's radical turn in Southeast Asia? - IRINnews.org

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We Are Not Kind Machines: A Radical Rejection of Scientific Buddhism | Tricycle

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We Are Not Kind Machines: A Radical Rejection of Scientific Buddhism via @tricyclemag http://t.co/pfDm4kgGhk
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Meet the “mindfulness” caucus: Politicians who meditate!

Meet the “mindfulness” caucus: Politicians who meditate! | Freedom by Living Mindfully, with Compassion | Scoop.it
Congress is increasingly using "quiet time" and Buddhist teachings to inform its approach to politics. Here's how

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As we can see, we're moving in the right direction in D.C. Mindful decision-making rooted in compassion is leadership that builds without exploitation.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, July 10, 2013 11:13 AM

I thought, "Isn;t this cool. What a great way to build a spirit of cooperation and thoughtfulness." Then I read on. Guess what. No Republicans. Wonder why that is? So do I. Are they being invited? Perhaps not so much. Would they be interested? Probably not. Just another barrier in the divide.