If you had a Compassion Muscle. . .
WOULD YOU FLEX IT?
Would you ever use your Compassion Muscle?
Would you ever Exercise your Compassion Muscle?
Do you even have a Compassion Muscle. . .
W E L L . . .
apparently you. . .
Many of us know that if we want to become more physically healthy, we can exercise. . .
but what if we want to improve our emotional health?
What if we want to actually train our
C O M P A S S I O N ?
Do you think that such an exercise. . .
such training could actually improve our Lives?
Helen Weng, a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF, in conjunction with Andrew Fox, Alexander Shackman, Diane Stodola, Jessica Caldwell, Matthew Olson, Gregory Rogers, and Richard J. Davidson, University of Wisconsin-Madison actually provided a detailed study that proves after just a mere two weeks of online training, participants who practiced
C O M P A S S I O N M E D I T A T I O N
every day, for two weeks, behaved more altruistically towards strangers compared to a comparison group taught an emotion regulation strategy derived from cognitive therapy.
W A I T . . .
IT also showed the people taught Compassion who were the most altruistic showed the most changes in the way their brains responded to images of people suffering.
“These findings suggest that Compassion is a trainable skill, and that practice can actually alter the way our brains perceive suffering and increase our actions to relieve that suffering.”
H E N C E ,
Compassion is an emotional response of caring and wanting to help when encountering another’s suffering, and with practice, it is thought that Compassion can be enhanced and this will increase the likelihood of helping behavior–not only during the meditation practice (COMPASSION MUSCLE TRAINING), but out in the REAL WORLD when interacting with others.
T H E R E S E A R C H
has shown that expert compassion meditation practitioners (over 10,000 hours of practice) show greater neural responses to suffering compared to control participants.
B U N K ?
Well. . .
you want to give it a spin?
To try the trainings, visit:
As of April 2014 there have been well over 3700 people who have downloaded the Compassion Meditation Training
Will you make it 3 7 0 1 ?
Can, being provided with such knowledge and tools actually empower us to make changes that can benefit ourselves and our Communities, our World. . .?
The Research says so. . .
B U T
. . .is it possible,
. . .is it conceivable,
. . .is it realistic
. . .is it THINKABLE
that just maybe if we,
if given the choice between being
R I G H T or K I N D
K I N D
wouldn’t before our next breath
C O M P A S S I O N A T E ?
S T U D Y M E T H I S—-