5 Science-Backed Reasons to Practice Compassion

Rewire the brain, boost resilience, and repair relationships.

I have previously shared my belief that everyone can benefit from practicing mindfulness and meditation, and I’d like to expand on that with the 5 scientific reasons bringing more compassion into our lives can also help us heal the planet. (And its inhabitants.)

Learn how I dealt with Caregiver Burnout here

As you may have read in some of my posts about caring for my mom who has Alzheimer’s and in the chapter I wrote for Resilience through Yoga and Meditation last year I felt myself tumbling down a slippery slope into depression and overwhelm. Having spent years battling depression I knew I couldn’t let myself slide too far into that black hole. So I took action. And it was the compassion meditation that saved me.

The compassion meditation is also known as the loving-kindness Mettā meditation, brought me incredible relief and helped mom, too. This is a proven way to increase empathy and a wonderful self-care practice. But if it seems too “soft” as a means for transforming your life and healing the planet, read on!

Why Practice Compassion?

Scientific research suggests that being compassionate can improve our physical health, emotional well-being and naturally, our relationships. Some scientists believe that we have a “compassion gene” suggesting that compassion may even be vital to the survival of our species.

Because compassion is a natural human instinct we believe now that is essential to a healthy and fulfilling life. Compassion naturally bonds and connects us to others. It does not require belief in a religion — but it is a sort of spiritual practice.

In the words of Brené Brown:

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us. And that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.
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The scientific evidence is growing

Below are some of the most promising findings from compassion research I found:

Enter the 21-day Compassion Meditation Challenge!

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I know from working with people from varied backgrounds, that creating new rituals, routines and habits takes time and support. So I have put together a set of free guided meditations to help you begin the gentle practice of compassion meditation. The 21-Day Compassion Meditation Challenge is your chance to develop and deepen your own understanding of compassion, self-compassion and the simple practice of meditation through firsthand experience.

The only way to discover what truly works for you is by engaging with the practice. That’s why each day I will lead your through a complete guided meditation on compassion. You’ll be invited to tune into your own experience as you develop a better understanding of how to immediately integrate this practice into your daily life.

What benefits would you like to gain from practicing the compassion meditation?
Leave a comment to let me know! I’m curious to know what would change in your world if you had more clarity, inner peace and confidence.

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All my best to you!

With love,

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Check out my other Books

The Orgasm Prescription for Women: 21-days to Heightened Pleasure, Deeper Intimacy and Orgasmic Bliss
How to Liberate and Love Your Authentic Self: A Guidebook to Increase Your Confidence & Self-Love

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