The Compassionate Brain: Week 2

MondayThe topic of week 2 of The Compassionate Brain series focused on mindfulness and the term Mindsight, which was developed by Dr. Dan Siegal.  Definitions of these terms are as follows:

Mindfulness: Staying in the present.  Being aware of your feelings and separating them what is actually happening around you.

Mindsight: the ability to see the inner life of a being, such as feelings, thoughts, or ideas. Continue reading

The Compassionate Brain: Week 1

MondayThe first week of The Compassionate Brain series focused on the link between compassion and neuroplasticity of the brain. First let us start with some definitions:

Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to change due to environmental changes or training. These changes can be both structural and functional. All events in our lives affect the neuroplasticity of the brain. Just reading this post is changing the neuroplasticity of your brain.

Compassion: A recognition of another’s suffering and a desire to end that suffering. Continue reading