What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

Here’s what recent findings in neuroscience and neurobiology can teach us about compassion.

Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.

Mindfulness and compassion — the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, and extending a loving awareness to others — are part of every religion and wisdom tradition, and we’re at last beginning to understand the profound impact that they have on the brain, says psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dr. Dan Siegel.


Compassion is a central component of
what it means to be human, but we don’t
necessarily know how it works in the brain
or why we’re wired to be compassionate
towards others..


By Carolyn Gregoire