loving-kindness meditation

Publication Title: 
Frontiers in Psychology

Interventions using the "Four Immeasurables Meditations" (FIM) are effective for various outcomes; however, whether increased meditation practice in these interventions leads to better results has not been well investigated. This systematic review included 22 FIM interventions that reported associations between the amount of meditation practice and its outcomes. Despite the heterogeneity in intervention components and outcome variables, there were generally few significant associations between amount of meditation practice and its outcomes.

Author(s): 
Zeng, Xianglong
Chio, Floria H. N.
Oei, Tian P. S.
Leung, Freedom Y. K.
Liu, Xiangping
Publication Title: 
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

Self-criticism is a vulnerability risk factor for a number of psychological disorders, and it predicts poor response to psychological and pharmacological treatments. In the current study, we evaluated the efficacy of a loving-kindness meditation (LKM) programme designed to increase self-compassion in a sample of self-critical individuals. Thirty-eight individuals with high scores on the self-critical perfectionism subscale of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale were randomized to an LKM condition (n?=?19) or a wait-list (WL) condition (n?=?19).

Author(s): 
Shahar, Ben
Szsepsenwol, Ohad
Zilcha-Mano, Sigal
Haim, Netalee
Zamir, Orly
Levi-Yeshuvi, Simi
Levit-Binnun, Nava
Publication Title: 
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

Self-criticism is a vulnerability risk factor for a number of psychological disorders, and it predicts poor response to psychological and pharmacological treatments. In the current study, we evaluated the efficacy of a loving-kindness meditation (LKM) programme designed to increase self-compassion in a sample of self-critical individuals. Thirty-eight individuals with high scores on the self-critical perfectionism subscale of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale were randomized to an LKM condition (n?=?19) or a wait-list (WL) condition (n?=?19).

Author(s): 
Shahar, Ben
Szsepsenwol, Ohad
Zilcha-Mano, Sigal
Haim, Netalee
Zamir, Orly
Levi-Yeshuvi, Simi
Levit-Binnun, Nava
Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health

Traditional moral philosophy has long focused on rationality, principled thinking, and good old-fashioned willpower, but recent evidence strongly suggests that moral judgments and prosocial behavior are more heavily influenced by emotion and intuition. As the evidence mounts, rational traditions emphasizing deliberative analysis and conscious decision making are called into question. The first section highlights some compelling evidence supporting the primacy of affective states in motivating moral judgments and behavior.

Author(s): 
Bankard, Joseph
Publication Title: 
Frontiers in Psychology

Although kindness-based contemplative practices are increasingly employed by clinicians and cognitive researchers to enhance prosocial emotions, social cognitive skills, and well-being, and as a tool to understand the basic workings of the social mind, we lack a coherent theoretical model with which to test the mechanisms by which kindness-based meditation may alter the brain and body.

Author(s): 
Mascaro, Jennifer S.
Darcher, Alana
Negi, Lobsang T.
Raison, Charles L.
Publication Title: 
Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

The study aimed to investigate the effects of loving-kindness meditation on positive emotions, intragroup interactions, and complex understanding of others. A total of 50 freshmen not receiving any training in meditation intervention were randomly divided into the meditation group (25 subjects) and the control group (25 subjects). The meditation group was implemented with group meditation intervention for 4 weeks, three times a week, about 30 minutes each time.

Author(s): 
He, Xiaoli
Shi, Wendian
Han, Xiangxiang
Wang, Nana
Zhang, Ni
Wang, Xiaoli
Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health

The concept of self-compassion originated from Buddhism, but very little is known about the utility and functions of this concept among Buddhists. Four hundred and eleven individuals (179 Buddhists and 232 non-Buddhists) completed the survey packages using the self-compassion scale (SCS; Neff in Self Identity 2(3):223-250, 2003a. doi: 10.1080/15298860309027 ).

Author(s): 
Zeng, Xianglong
Wei, Jun
Oei, Tian Ps
Liu, Xiangping
Publication Title: 
Applied Psychology. Health and Well-Being

BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that facilitating empathy could improve individuals' well-being. Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) could be a facilitator, and online delivery a cost-effective format. METHODS: We conducted an internet-based randomised controlled trial recruiting 809 adults to test whether an LKM course improves well-being through evoking pleasant emotions, psychological resources, and altruism compared to a light physical exercise course (LE).

Author(s): 
Galante, Julieta
Bekkers, Marie-Jet
Mitchell, Clive
Gallacher, John
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