Fosters Compassion Towards Others

meditation-image-9Researchers from Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences found that certain meditation practices foster compassion. Meditation practices that were designed to cultivate compassion were found to affect the physiological pathways in the brain associated with controlling stress. A compassion meditation program was developed based on an ancient Tibetan Buddhist mind-training technique. The program focused on individuals’ thoughts and emotions toward other people and concentrated on developing those emotions into altruistic and compassionate feelings. Participants who practiced compassion meditation displayed reductions in stress responses, which researchers suggest will help with stress management, and ultimately foster feelings of compassion towards others.