Can Meditation Really Make You A More Compassionate Person?

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 … More Can Meditation Really Make You A More Compassionate Person?

Paradox And Interconnectedness: Seeing The World Through New Eyes

As the musician and activist Kathy Mattea once sagely observed: ‘That’s the great paradox of living on this earth, that in the midst of great pain you can have great joy as well’. Nowhere have I observed this paradox played out with such thought-provoking beauty and profundity than in the experimental non-narrative documentary by Ron … More Paradox And Interconnectedness: Seeing The World Through New Eyes

Controlling Brain Waves: The Secret Of Meditation’s Success?

As a mindfulness practitioner myself, I’ve often struggled to articulate the mechanisms through which meditation might actually work, mainly because there hasn’t been a plethora of scientific literature on this subject. But that might be about to change. Rick Nauert, in his recent article on Psych Central entitled ‘Controlling Brain Waves May Be Key to … More Controlling Brain Waves: The Secret Of Meditation’s Success?

Meditation And Contemplation Has A Dramatic Effect In An Unexpected Place

In the 2002-2003 school year, there were 41 murders in the neighborhood of Visitacion Valley Middle School in the San Francisco area. Students were busy playing “cops and robbers” with real guns, and many suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as  a result of the violence they had witnessed in their lives. Then, in 2007, the … More Meditation And Contemplation Has A Dramatic Effect In An Unexpected Place

Transfixed: Sculpting Waves in Wood and Time

Reuben Margolin is an incredibly talented  kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in various patterns, including raindrops falling and waves combining.  Margolin’s installations are as dramatic as they are mesmeric, reflecting an art-form that is meditative and almost spiritual, inspired as it is by maths and nature. Amazing. You can see Margolin talk about … More Transfixed: Sculpting Waves in Wood and Time