Tag Archives: compassion

Contemplative Summer Institute – 2015

Meditation, mindfulness and the judging mind Hello all! I am very happy to share some exciting news. We just completed the first, and most important stage of planning for a very promising event: our first Contemplative Summer Institute – or CSI. Serving on the Board of Directors of the new International Association Consciousness – Mindfulness – Compassion, I am in charge of developing the educational programme. This first CSI was planned with the idea… Read More »

2015 – Mindfulness and Compassion

I take the opportunity to wish all readers of this meditation research blog a successful and free year 2015. Reminded by the recent events in France I also want to share my wish that we may never forget the importance of the freedom of speech, the foundational value of any free culture. May we also never forget the precious good of freedom and democracy, which is not a given and needs to… Read More »

Meditation and Mindfulness Research Meetings: Four dates for your calendar

Do you want to engage with current research into meditation and mindfulness? If yes, here are a few opportunities that might work for you. Reflecting the growing number of researchers engaged in meditation and mindfulness research, the increasingly diverse settings meditation-based approaches are applied in and the expanding range of scientific questions that are being addressed, more and more meetings are set up for staying informed, exchanging and learning more.… Read More »

Compassion – an emerging topic in meditation research

An extremely busy period of the academic year has come to an end and after a brief X-massy respite I finally find a bit of time to return to this blog. Instead of commenting on one particular study I start here by discussing a topic that is emerging strongly within meditation research: compassion and the effects of developing it through meditation practice. This new focus deviates quite significantly from the… Read More »

Loving Kindness Meditation – Reflections for the festive season

The majority of current research into meditation so far focused on mindfulness-based practices and similar methods. Recently, this has shifted a bit and we see a growing interest in meditation practices aimed at improving love and compassion. First studies, investigating some of the neural underpinnings do emerge, such as the 2012 study by Lee and co-workers. In 2008 Barbara Fredrickson, one of the leading figures of Positive Psychology, published a… Read More »

Sustaining Happiness: The Science of Buddhist Meditation

Does meditation make you happy?  A few years back I organised a symposium at the 2008 BA Festival of Science in Liverpool (now British Science Festival) to discuss the link between meditation practice, happiness and well-being.  At that time I was interviewed by Wholescience.net  – and below you can still listen to what I had to say. Since then, research moved on and there is meanwhile some good evidence that meditation… Read More »