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When Breathing in Love is Not Enough

Are you tired of pretending to be calm and compassionate when inside you really feel like kicking and screaming? In my life-long meditation training I was often told to "breathe in love".  I so desperately wanted to do this, but…


Compassion Meditation Rewires Brain’s Emotion Circuitry

  What if meditation and thoughts of compassion could rewire our reactions to others?  If you could heighten your empathic abilities and connection to others, would you?  A recent neuroscience abstract in PlosOne indicates we actually can do this very…


Cultivating Compassion, Navigating Crisis

Professor Kristin Neff of the University of Texas is considered a leading researcher in the field of self-compassion.  Her research is showing that those who cultivate self-compassion by exercising gentle and non-judgmental self-talk bounce back more quickly during crisis.  The…


Rewiring through Compassion

In the foreword to New Beliefs, New Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter notes "When His Holiness the Dalai Lama counseled that 'The brain we develop reflects the life we lead,' it is important to understand that his statement reflects not only…


Where the Gray Matters

Recent neuroscience is showing that the more we move into fear and threat response, the more we exercise and strengthen the neural pathways around the limbic brain which is our fight -or-flight center.  We also end up shrinking or pruning…


Cultivating Compassion

"At Standford University, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, under the direction of Neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty is doing studies and conducting courses that show that compassion and altruism can be cultivated through disciplines and practices that…

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