Compassion Meditation is fully accepting and appreciating our own condition and suffering, then transcending that condition to progressively cultivate loving-kindness towards all living beings: Oneself a good friend a difficult person a neutral person and then gradually, the entire universe. This is the current technique featured at The Heartland Health Spa Friday evening sessions with Gary P.
A study done at Stanford University suggests that a short practice of loving-kindness meditation can increase social connectedness. Loving-kindness meditation has also been shown to reduce pain and anger in people with chronic lower back pain.
Researcher Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that loving-kindness meditation can help boost positive emotions and well-being in life, fostering the personal resources that come from experiencing positive emotion.
An EEG study by Richard Davidson showed that compassion meditation lowers the participants reaction to inflammation and distress, both of which are associated with,
, Heart rates and breathing rates slow down; blood lactate levels drop significantly; oxygen consumption levels are reduced by up to 20%; skin resistance levels increase by up to four times; EEG ratings show greater ALPHA activity. These are all great indicators of relaxation and stress reduction. *Dr Herbert Benson*