I have previously shared my belief that everyone can benefit from practicing mindfulness and meditation, and I’d like to expand on that with the 5 scientific reasons bringing more compassion into our lives can also help us heal the planet. (And its inhabitants.)

As you may have read in some of my posts about caring for my mom who has Alzheimer’s and in the chapter I wrote for Resilience through Yoga and Meditation last year I felt myself tumbling down a slippery slope into depression and overwhelm. Having spent years battling depression I knew I couldn’t let myself slide too far into that black hole. So I took action. And it was the compassion meditation that saved me.

The compassion meditation is also known as the loving-kindness Mettā meditation, brought me incredible relief and helped mom, too. This is a proven way to increase empathy and a wonderful self-care practice. But if it seems too “soft” as a means for transforming your life and healing the planet, read on!

Why Practice Compassion?

Scientific research suggests that being compassionate can improve our physical health, emotional well-being and naturally, our relationships. Some scientists believe that we have a “compassion gene” suggesting that compassion may even be vital to the survival of our species.

Because compassion is a natural human instinct we believe now that is essential to a healthy and fulfilling life. Compassion naturally bonds and connects us to others. It does not require belief in a religion — but it is a sort of spiritual practice.

In the words of Brené Brown:

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us. And that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.

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The scientific evidence is growing

Below are some of the most promising findings from compassion research I found:

Enter the 21-day Compassion Meditation Challenge!

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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?
Leave a comment to let me know! I’m curious to know what would change in your world if you had more clarity, inner peace and confidence.

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All my best to you!

With love,

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  • Dr. Andrea Pennington

    Chief Wellness Officer, Integrative Physician | Resilience | Healing Trauma | Holistic Health | Free Ebooks @ www.AndreaPennington.com & www.In8Vitality.com


    Dr. Andrea Pennington is an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher and a #1 international bestselling author of several books. Dr. Andrea’s extensive study of medical nutrition, positive psychology and neuroscience led her to create a health media platform, In8Vitality, blending ancient wisdom and modern science to empower you to recover from stress and burnout. All of her books, corporate wellness programs, documentaries and products are ethically and consciously designed for enhanced vitality and life mastery.  Andrea is also a documentary filmmaker, international TEDx speaker, and health technology advocate. As both a healer and teacher she is also sought-after media personality who has shared empowering insights on resilience on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, iTV This Morning, CNN, the Today Show, Thrive Global and as a news anchor for Discovery Health Channel. Now, as Founder of the #RealSelfLove Movement Andrea speaks globally to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to support people on their journey to authentic living. In Andrea's latest book, The Real Self Love Handbook, she explores her personal journey from depression to real self-love and how The Cornerstone Process, a 5-step self-discovery process is setting people free from limiting beliefs due to trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Other popular anthologies include Holistic Healing and The Top 10 Traits of Highly Resilient People, each compiled by Dr. Pennington.