Reduces Stress Responses

meditation-image-114A study at Emory University revealed that those who practiced compassion meditation (CM) showed lower levels in inflammation and distress when presented with common stressors. While many different types of meditation focus on improving concentration, lowering stress levels, and calming the mind, compassion meditation focuses on moving from responses based on judgment to those based on caring, as well as a transition from social isolation to connection. The study attempted to determine the effects of CM on certain responses to psychosocial stress. Its findings reveal that CM can be used to prevent a number of health issues associated with stress including depression, heart disease, and diabetes.