March 29, 2008

Meditation leads to Compassion

Does meditation make you more compassionate? Or does being compassionate make you meditate more?

MSNBC: Neuroscience may explain the Dalai Lama:

Many wonder how the Dalai Lama can retain his kindness and magnanimity, even as his homeland is torn apart by violence. New neuroscience research may help explain the exiled Tibetan leader's unremitting compassion for all people.

And China is complaining about biased news coverage? Please.

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Gerald Ford's picture

I'd have to say meditation helps make one more compassionate. If one practices mindfulness, they can catch themselves, before they say something rude they'd later regret. It will give you more time to reflect on your actions before you do something stupid.

Then again, meditation is just part of a wider practice of self-reflection. If one exercises any sort of self-reflection and improves their behavior as a result (regardless of whether it's meditation per se), then that's a step in the right direction. :)