Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison found that those who meditate have higher levels of activity in the region of the brain known as the insula, which controls feelings of empathy and emotional understanding. Being kind to each other is now thought to be a learned technique triggered by the brain’s reaction in areas responsible for compassion towards the emotions of others. The study suggests that meditation can train the brain to enhance an individual’s capacity for empathy. The more one meditates, the more one becomes inclined to have feelings of open kindness towards strangers. In an often disconnected modern world, the study suggests, the power of empathy can be a driving force for interpersonal connection and individual spiritual growth.