Here is a quote that I used in our radio show this week. I think it is really helpful and motivating to know that there is something very real going on physiologically with a lot of spiritual concepts and practices.
“When we accept ourselves for who we are_as people filled with strengths and weaknesses–it’s easier to accept the flaws we find in others. Acceptance makes it easier to tolerate differences, and this allows for greater cooperation. Meditation specifically strengthens the key neural circuit that connects our cognitive skills with our social skills and our emotions, and the end result of a well functioning brain is the generation of deep compassion and love. And unlike other animals, we appear to have the only brain that can show compassion toward every living thing on the planet. That, truly, is an amazing neurological feat. ” Andrew Newberg, M.D.