Why Meditate: Working with thoughts and emotions

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Altruistic love—also called loving-kindness—is the wish that others be happy and that they find the true causes of happiness.
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Compassion is defined as the desire to put an end to the suffering of others and the causes of that suffering.
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These are not merely noble sentiments; they are feelings that are fundamentally in tune with reality.
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All beings want to avoid suffering just as much as we do.
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Moreover, since we are all interdependent, our own happiness and unhappiness are intimately bound up with the happiness and unhappiness of others.
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Cultivating love and compassion is a win-win situation.
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Personal experience shows that they are the most positive of all mental states and create a deep sense of fulfillment and wholesomeness.
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Research in neuroscience also indicates that among all kinds of meditations, those focusing on unconditional love and compassion give rise to the strongest activation of brain areas related to positive affects.
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In addition, the behavior these forms of meditation give rise to is intended to benefit others.
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If the deeds we perform for the sake of others are to have the intended benefit, they must also be guided by wisdom—the wisdom that we can acquire through analysis and meditation and that gives us a more correct understanding of Reality.
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