Does Mindfulness Get in the Way of Making Amends?

As you may well know, research on the effect of mindfulness meditation on our body and mind has been steadily growing. The below is one of the interesting studies I’ve encountered recently.

“The result? While both meditations led to similar increases in mindfulness, only the loving-kindness meditation increased participants’ overall feelings of love, reduced their self-focus, and increased their willingness to make amends. Focused-breathing meditation led to the least feelings of love, focus on others, and reparation—even lower on average than web browsing.” (

Both focused-breathing and loving-kindness meditations lead the meditation practitioners to more mindful states. But the former lets us be less attached even with the feeling of guilty that naturally leads us to more apologetic, while the latter stimulates our compassion to be more ready to make amends. It’s kind of understandable in the light of short-term cognition-behavior pathways.

It’s not only for this reason, but to have viewpoints of longer-range and compassion is essential, we could argue.

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