Feeling compassion may go a long way to improving well-being, reducing stress and achieving better academic results, according to a study recently released by University of Redlands researchers. With over a decade of research, the study was released by Religious Studies Professor Fran Grace, Psychology Professor Celine Ko and Biology Professor Lisa Olson.
The study builds upon what Grace has observed and documented in students who have taken her course on contemplative practices. In an article published in the fall 2018 issue of OchTamale Magazine, she revealed that one student reported that his blood pressure decreased, his outlook on life changed, and his anxiety lessened.
The course focused on studies of models like the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa, the inner cultivation of meditation and contemplative practices and applying what was learned in community service. "At the end of the semester, those who took the course reported higher compassion, self-compassion and mindfulness compared to those who did not take the course. Also, the students had lower salivary alpha-amylase a biological measure of stress."
Resiliency is ultimately energy management. Anger, aggression, depression, anxiety are all energy drainers. Consider gifting yourself with at least 10 minutes of meditation a day. Consider using INSIGHT Timer, a free App for the Android and IOS phones. Or consider “The Power of Meaning” by Emily Esfahani Smith. Put away your smart phones and become smart by connecting with your resilient spirit. For more of Eileen’s content sign-up for her weekly blog and her quarterly newsletter at https://www.eileenmcdargh.com/subscribe.