It is hard to go a few days without reading something about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Scholars have been publishing articles at an increasing rate, and news organizations are quick to report their latest findings.
Mindfulness practices are being used to treat a variety of clinical issues, such as anxiety and depression, eating disorders, learning difficulties, addictions, explosive anger, and chronic pain. Moreover, taking time to calm also helps with day to day concerns as well – work, parenting, household duties, and empathy social relationships.
If empathy decreases then suffering tends to increase. Viewing the self in isolation does not acknowledge our dependence upon people or things over which we have little control. This is one of the reasons why those clinical issues emerge. However, meditation increases our awareness of interdependence – our reliance on all the elements of life that continually support us – and therefore fosters a respect for the relationship between self, others, and all beings.
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