Meditation Appears to Produce Enduring Changes in Emotional Processing in the Brain

A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. This study highlights how Compassion and Mindfulness Meditations affect the brain differently. Mindfulness meditation helps with stability and decreasing reactivity, while “Compassion” meditation appears to open the practitioner to empathy towards human suffering. Eric Schwartz, PhD, Lobsang T. Negi, PhD, Thaddeus Pace, PhD, Alan Wallace, PhD & Charles Raison, MD http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121112150339.htm