Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Compassion: Scientifically Proven to Improve Health

Data from a new Emory University study suggests that individuals who engage in “compassion meditation” based on a thousand-year-old Tibetan Buddhist mind-training practice (called "lojong" in Tibetan), appears to effectively reduce the inflammatory and behavioral responses to stress that have been linked to depression and a number of physical illnesses. The practice revolves around fostering a sense of heightened compassion for others.

This is the best news I've heard in a long time. Finally, people can satisfy their own self interest by focusing on compassion rather than the judgment we usually run to for validation. Hmmm. This could be big.

Here's the link.

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