Everytime I facilitate a Compassion Cultivation Training© class, I learn more and deepen my practice of compassion. It’s an incredible, ever-renewing and endless resource for me – a source of strength, purpose and calm.
The scientific study of compassion is relatively new, and exists at the intersection of neuroscience, positive psychology, contemplative science. Here are a few resources for you to explore:
- Video of Emiliana Simon-Thomas describing the brain structures involved in compassion.
- Randomized controlled trial of CCT and enhancing compassion, 2012 full paper
- CCT study on mindfulness, affect and emotion regulation published in 2013, full paper.
- Study on CCT and mind wandering published 2015, full paper.
- Peer reviewed articles from Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).
- The science of positive brain change, Rick Hanson, PhD