A recent study by Northeastern University’s David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, gives a fascinating insight into the impact of meditation on interpersonal harmony and compassion.
According to DeSteno, “The truly surprising aspect of this finding is that meditation made people willing to act virtuous – to help another who was suffering – even in the face of a norm not to do so,”
Such empirical investigations add credence to what Buddhist practitioners have said all along, namely that meditation leads to greater feelings of compassion and ‘oneness’. And it’s not just Buddhists: Jews and Christians have long made the connection between compassion and contemplative prayer.
Often we over-analyze faith and how we live it when all we really need to do is to keep it simple….and nothing is more simple than meditation and contemplation….and nothing is as powerful than compassion.
You can read the press release from Northeastern University outlining the key points of DeSteno’s paper here: