PURE THOUGHT PURE COMPASSION
“All human beings have an innate desire to overcome suffering, to find happiness. Training the mind to think differently, through meditation, is one important way to avoid suffering and be happy,” Dalai Lama
Meditation and other “contemplative practices” can improve compassion, empathy, kindness and attention.
Twelve years of schooling, four years of college and an even longer time spent in advanced graduate training fail to familiarize our future doctors, soldiers, engineers, scientists, accountants and politicians with such techniques. Western universities do not teach methods to enable the developing or the mature mind to become quiet and to focus its considerable powers on a single object, event or train of thought. There is no introductory class on “Focusing the Mind.” And this is to our loss!
Think of mindfulness, think of all meditations, as mental skills to control emotions and to shape the impact that external events, such as sight, sound or heat, have on the sensory brain.
These skills to steer the mind are not magical, otherworldly or transcendental. They can be learned by sufficiently intensive practice.
Yet knowing about meditation and its effect on the brain is not the same as benefiting from it and not the same as achieving wisdom.
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Peace and Blessings
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