Treat Yourself and Others Kinder To Increase Physical and Emotional Responses
My new book which is now in final editing called, Where’s Our Zen? The Secret of the Green Thread, is a sequel to Where’s My Zen? The story continues the journey with Master Nomi and the three travelers from Where’s My Zen? when they bring their children to the Hut of the Blind Donkey. Now, Master Nomi takes the seven travelers on another journey to an ancient temple high in a secluded part of Japan’s mountains. There, they learn about his concept of the Green Thread—humanity’s invisible link to our planet and how we affect the planet’s change. Finally, Master Nomi teaches the group how to access the Green Thread through compassion meditation and a secret matrix carved into a ancient stone medallion.
Lately, Compassion meditation has been involved in many studies with adults as well as children and has shown dramatic improvements in behavior. “Can we train ourselves to be compassionate? A new study suggests the answer is yes. Cultivating compassion and kindness through meditation affects brain regions that can make a person more empathetic to other peoples’ mental states, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080326204236.htm
“Why do some people roll with life’s punches, facing failures and problems with grace, while others dwell on calamities, criticize themselves and exaggerate problems?” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070516081014.htm
Oprah posted this in her Compassion 101, “Compassion meditation involves silently repeating certain phrases that express the intention to move from judgment to caring, from isolation to connection, from indifference or dislike to understanding. You don’t have to force a particular feeling or get rid of unpleasant or undesirable reactions; the power of the practice is in the wholehearted gathering of attention and energy, and concentrating on each phrase. You can begin with a 20-minute session and increase the time gradually until you are meditating for half an hour at a time. If your mind wanders, don’t be concerned. Notice whatever has captured your attention, let go of the thought or feeling, and simply return to the phrases. If you have to do that over and over again, it is fine.” http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Compassion-Meditation
If your interest in more information on compassion meditation, please let me know and I will be happy to let you preview, Where’s Our Zen?: The Secret of the Green Thread, which has an easy to use unique exercise to tapping into the power of compassion meditation.
Paul Harrison AIA
aka Master Nomi
Architect, Author, Creator of the Zen Advantage Program™ (ZAP)