Neuroscience: The Importance of “Compassion Meditation”｜Wise Library 1985
Wise Library 1985 ｜Margaret W. Lavigne
Everyone has their hard lessons in life, including the chosen ones, but “God promises to make something good out of the storm” if we remain righteous, tender and compassionate under any circumstance(Job 5:17). Some people tend to blame others for not helping them out because they know nothing about other’s life troubles and worries.
The Health Benefits of “Compassion Meditation”
Dwell on the suffering of others instead of your own. As people are more aware of other people’s suffering or life troubles, they turn out to be more compassionate and regulate their emotions better. As people are more aware of other people’s suffering, they learn to be grateful for their life. In truth, most people fail to know the suffering of others but the glories of other people.
Compassion levels up our ability to forgive. Compassion meditation helps cultivate the mental habit of selflessness and altruistic love.
I would say, compassion, tenderness and unselfishness are highly intertwined, all of which work well to decrease social bias, conflict, violence and school bullying.
The participants are asked to engage in compassion meditation so as to increase their caring for the sufferers. Participants are asked to envision someone’s suffering and practice wishing that his/her suffering is relieved. Participants start to practice compassion with a friend or family member. Then, they practiced compassion for themselves and, then, a stranger. Ultimately, the participants are asked to practice compassion for someone they had a conflict with.
Compassion meditation helps dissolve anger, self-centeredness, self-compassion, self-hatred and self-isolation by realizing that we are not alone in our experience of suffering. In Positive Psychology, benefits of compassion mediation are guaranteed, ranging from increased well-being to relief from illness, and improved relationships. If you want to be happier and healthier, practice compassion meditation.
Compassion Meditation is an ancient spiritual method of cultivating compassion for all human beings thus cultivating a direct healing experience within one’s mind. To practice compassion, you must visualize taking in the suffering of others and transform that suffering into love and compassion. By doing so, it helps break down the habitual pattern of selfishness and self-centeredness, introducing us to a far broader view of life.
Compassion Can Be Trained
According to neuroscience, compassion activates our ability to love and prosocial behaviours. Compassion training and practice do help build a better world. Compassion can be increased with practice. Researches show that people can be trained to be more compassionate. (Reference: Researches at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is published in Psychological Science)
Antisocial Personality Disorder & Compassion Meditation
Empathic functioning and inhibitory control deficits are two symptoms of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Compassion meditation may help increase empathic functioning and inhibitory control in ASPD individuals.
As to violence and mental health, studies found that neurological abnormalities resulting from exposure to violence, low self-control, lack of social bonds, and self-compassion. (Reference: Violent criminality and self-compassion)
Never identify yourself the weak or a victim. Again, everyone has hard lessons in life. We fall and we grow.
Margaret W. Lavigne