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Measuring the Compassion of Meditation

August 20, 2013

 Meditation, like yoga, has gone mainstream. And, as in yoga, there’s a meditation for everything. Need to lose weight, de-stress or make more money? There’s a meditation for that!

But if we pause and consider meditation’s roots, have we lost touch? Is it really possible to make more money by meditating, and should we use meditation for this purpose? David DeSteno of the New York Times:

…if you stop to think about it, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the (perfectly commendable) pursuit of these benefits and the purpose for which meditation was originally intended. 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.

To read the rest of the article and his research to see if meditation really does reduce suffering in a measurable way, click here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. newagenerd permalink
    August 20, 2013 3:27 pm

    Awesome article. I thought there was a disconnection between meditating for success and meditating for happiness. But there is a connection between all beings!

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