Researchers are confirming what contemplatives have suggested for thousands of years: a personal meditation practice can be a deeply effective path to wellness.
The brain governs our decisions, moods, thoughts, and perceptions, as well as our concepts of who we are, how we relate to others, and how we respond to our internal and external environments.
We have work out plans for our bodies, yet we often neglect our minds and our inner experience while navigating our busy modern lives, which can lead to stress and dissatisfaction.
The latest findings from neuroscience and psychology suggest that cultivating compassion for ourselves and others is one of the most important investments that we can ever make.
When we exercise our minds in this way, we experience a variety of mental, emotional, and interpersonal benefits which can enhance our overall sense of well-being and connection with others.
During Compassion Cultivation Training™ we'll discuss some of the latest research on the benefits of meditation; particularly the effects of mindfulness, lovingkindness and compassion-focused practices. While meditation is not a cure-all, studies from a variety of sources have lent support to the beneficial effects of these practices on the following (and much more!): increased attentional capacity and reduced impulsivity, reduced mind-wandering, increased immune function, decreased pain, decreased inflammation at the cellular level, decreased stress and anxiety, decreased depression relapse potential, increased positive emotions, increased social and emotional intelligence, reduced isolation, increases in grey matter and areas associated with emotion regulation, self-control and attention in the brain, improved memory and multi-tasking abilities, increased creativity, and where we're most interested - meditation practice makes you more compassionate toward yourself and others!
Push-ups for your brain.
Massage for your genes.
Pull-ups for your heart.
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