Brief Guided Meditations Improve Empathy

Brief Guided Meditations Improve Empathy   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Empathy is the understanding and sharing of someone else’s feelings. It’s not to be confused with compassion, which is a feeling of concern for others that we feel we need to act on. Empathy goes that step further; by putting yourself in the place […]

Meditation Reduces the Brain’s Empathetic Response

Meditation Reduces the Brain’s Empathetic Response   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “mindfulness’s most profound benefit may not be the one that’s most often touted—adapting to a stressful, competitive, even unkind 24/7 world. Instead, meditation might fundamentally alter how we treat those around us.” – David Destino   Humans are social animals. This […]

Improve Major Depressive Disorder with Psilocybin and Mindfulness Meditation

Improve Major Depressive Disorder with Psilocybin and Mindfulness Meditation   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “mindfulness training enhances the positive effects of a single dose of psilocybin, and can increase empathy and permanently reduce ego-centricity. This opens up new therapeutic avenues, for example for the treatment of depression.” – Franz Vollenweider   Psychedelic substances […]

Meditation Alters Brain Responses to Negative Stimuli

Meditation Alters Brain Responses to Negative Stimuli   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “meditation facilitates strengthening the Assessment Center, weakening the unhelpful aspects of the Me Center (that can cause you to take things personally), strengthening the helpful parts of the Me Center (involved with empathy and understanding others) and changing the connections […]