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Weekly Compassion Call

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Join us live online, Wednesdays at 12pm Pacific Time!

Colleagues Ruth Williamson and Aly Waibel have teamed up to host Central Oregon Compassion Calls. Calls include meditation, facilitated inquiry, group discussion and brief lessons in the practice of mindfulness and self-compassion, and the practice of compassion for others.

All are welcome – email aly@compassioneducation to request the link to join.

Science of Compassion

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Everytime I facilitate a Compassion Cultivation Training© class, I learn more and deepen my practice of compassion. It’s an incredible, ever-renewing and endless resource for me – a source of strength, purpose and calm.

Here are a few of my favorite Science of Compassion resources for you to explore:

  • Video of Emiliana Simon-Thomas describing the brain structures involved in compassion.
  • Randomized controlled trial of CCT and enhancing compassion, 2012 full paper
  • CCT study on mindfulness, affect and emotion regulation published in 2013, full paper.
  • Study on CCT and mind wandering published 2015, full paper.
  • Videos of past conferences, presentations and events at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).
  • Peer reviewed CCARE articles.
  • The Wellspring Institute’s library of key scientific papers on brain science, relationships, well-being, and more.

Happy researching!

-Aly

Compassion is not religious business

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“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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

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“…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"

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“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?”

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