One Emory University study found that Mindfulness Meditation can help people with a lack of empathy, as well as those who suffer from Autism or Aspergers.
Mindfulness teaches that self-centeredness leads to disease while being altruistic creates a benefit to oneself and others. It’s clear that this change in thought process–from thinking about self, to thinking about others, can truly benefit those living in cities where gang culture and violence is prevalent.
More schools should adopt Meditation in an attempt to help their students focus not only on their cognitive intelligence, but also on their emotional IQ’s. Students who were given meditation training in the Bronx had experienced stressful situations early on in their lives. Many of them lost loved ones due to violent circumstances.
BY ELIZABETH AGUIRRE,