And just think, if practices like the ones suggested below--ones that just barely scratch the surface of our 'souls'--can be helpful, how much richer can integrative practices of mind-body-spirit be?
Buddhist monks, Sufi masters, Jewish and Christian mystics have been diving deep, deep beneath the surface for millenia, and their 'research' is becoming more and more widely available. AND more accessible. We don't have to be 'monkish' to get way beneath the surface ourselves. I named this blog Ordinary Mindfulness for that very reason.
My take is that people who practice meditation or contemplative prayer for 6 months or so usually 'know' more about the deep benefits of self-compassion than the researches who are (thank God) getting so stoked about the kind of results the following article highlights.
Anyway, I'm really grateful for the growing convergence between our current scientific research and the richest mindfulness practices of our ancient traditions.