Happy Holidays from Compassion Education!

Wishing you and yours a restful holiday full of peace, love, connection and compassion!

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CCT graduates,

Please mark your calendars for monthly drop-in CCT practice sessions via conference call on the third Sundays of the month from 6 to 6:30 PST.

The first session will be Sunday January 17. Call instructions coming soon!

In gratitude and compassion,
Aly

From Greater Good: Five ways to make mindfulness more… manly!

“…contemporary research in neuroplasticity, by scientists like Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, finds that even short-term compassion meditation training (30 minutes a day for eight weeks) alters the brain activity in regions associated with positive emotional skills like empathy. That is true for both men and women.”

More here

New York Times article “The Morality of Meditation”

“Gaining competitive advantage on exams and increasing creativity in business weren’t of the utmost concern to Buddha and other early meditation teachers. As Buddha himself said, “I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” For Buddha, as for many modern spiritual leaders, the goal of meditation was as simple as that. The heightened control of the mind that meditation offers was supposed to help its practitioners see the world in a new and more compassionate way, allowing them to break free from the categorizations (us/them, self/other) that commonly divide people from one another.

But does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?”

Read here!

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