Qualities such as kindness, compassion, and forgiveness are the seeds we want to plant to cultivate a beautiful garden. But the self-centered ego's need for grasping, gaining, and selfishness easily buries them.
Maybe compassion is the elixir of life. Perhaps the reason we've never found the mythical philosopher's stone is because we've always searched for something outside of ourselves. Compassion is an inside job.
Neuroscientist Tania Singer is planning to train caregivers, nurses and doctors in compassion meditation. This would to allow them to offer altruistic services to those in pain without themselves suffering from empathic distress.