Day 1 Lesson - Compassion - Envisioning Method - Omvana
Day 1 Lesson - Compassion - Envisioning Method - Vishen Lakhiani

Day 1 Lesson - Compassion - Envisioning Method

Vishen Lakhiani

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"Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good, move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed." — Buddha Compassion, a favorite practice of his holiness the Dalai Lama, is expressing the intention of moving from judgement to one of caring. From isolation to connection, and from indifference or dislike to understanding. Compassion, much like any other skill, is not fixed – it can be expanded and enhanced with training and practice. Scientific studies suggest there are not only emotional and spiritual benefits to compassion but also physical benefits. Compassion leads to an increase in the DHEA hormone which fights and counteracts the aging process while reducing cortisol, the "stress" hormone. Based on the neuroscience research of Richard J. Davidson, UW-Madision Professor of Psychology, "alterations in brain function were observed after just a total of 7 hours of training." In her TED talk American Zen Buddhist roshi, Joan Halifax, reveals that, "compassion enlivens us and enhances neural integration – hooking up all parts of the brain". "This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." — Dalai Lama