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Can the brain be trained to be more receptive to the needs of others?


Emory researchers describe CBCT as a form of “mind training” or “thought transformation.” For the practitioner of CBCT, the objective is to shift thoughts from “me” to “others” in the following eight steps:


(1) developing attention and stability of mind through focused attention training;


(2) cultivating insight into the nature of mental experience;


(3) cultivating self-compassion;


(4) developing equanimity;


(5) developing appreciation and gratitude;


(6) developing affection and empathy;


(7) realizing aspirational compassion; and


(8) realizing active compassion.