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October 28th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

How and why to practice compassion meditation

Editor's note: Video produced by Brandon Ancil. Shot by Jarrett Bellini and Mandy Carranza.

This week The Chart and CNN's Belief blog take a closer look at meditation, its varied forms and its physical and emotional benefits.

Like many Buddhists, Lobsang Tenzin Negi insists that a person doesn’t don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit from meditation. FULL POST

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Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can
October 26th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can

This week The Chart and CNN's Belief blog take a closer look at meditation, its varied forms and its physical and emotional benefits.

Can people strengthen the brain circuits associated with happiness and positive behavior,  just as we’re able to strengthen muscles with exercise?

Richard Davidson, who for decades has practiced Buddhist-style meditation – a form of mental exercise, he says – insists that we can.

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