We are wired for happiness
Research shows that we have the capacity for great wisdom, creativity and insight. We are naturally wired for it. Our brains, however, are also wired to protect us. And since survival is the brain's top priority and we have a tendency to look out for danger, threats and whatever else could be a threat to our survival. This goes for our physical survival and the survival of our ego or social self.
This tendency to focus on threats makes us hyper vigilant and can set off a competitive and aggressive side to us that ends up limiting our decision making and shutting down empathy. When we act as though we are the most important person on the planet, our relationships suffer, our health suffers and our children learn that life is competitive, instead of collaborative.
However, because our brain's are also wired to connect with and bond with others, which brings us pleasure and happiness, we can consciously choose to make a switch. We can focus on the good things in people and in life, we can cultivate positive emotions and we can make connection and cooperation our new focus. In doing so we can turn on our compassion gene.
In the words of Deepak Chopra,
"Rewire your brain for higher consciousness by paying attention to love, compassion and joy." ~ Deepak Chopra
Mindfulness studies show that repeated practice leads to improved concentration and sustained attention, empathy and compassion, self-reflection and self-regulation, enhanced memory and learning, plus improved mood which are are central to creativity and higher consciousness.
Practicing the compassion meditation helps you turn on the your compassion gene by giving the brain new data to process - feelings of love, connectedness and harmony are also survival enhancing signals the brain will recognize, because social connection is good for us. When we meditate on compassion and send out the loving kindness energy to others we open up and strengthen brain connections that enhance our wellbeing and quality of life.
Join the 21-day Compassion Meditation Challenge!
I know from working with people from varied backgrounds, that creating new rituals, routines and habits takes time and support. So I have put together a set of free guided meditations to help you begin the gentle practice of compassion meditation. The 21-Day Compassion Meditation Challenge is your chance to develop and deepen your own understanding of compassion, self-compassion and the simple practice of meditation through firsthand experience.
The only way to discover what truly works for you is by engaging with the practice. That's why each day I will lead your through a complete guided meditation on compassion. You'll be invited to tune into your own experience as you develop a better understanding of how to immediately integrate this practice into your daily life.
What benefits would you like to gain from practicing the compassion meditation?
Send me an email and let me know! I'm curious to know what would change in your world if you had more clarity, inner peace and confidence.
If you would like to learn simple meditation practices to ease stress, improve memory and protect your health, visit www.AttunementMeditation.com for free guided audios + e-books.
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All my best to you!