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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Loving-Kindness Meditation for Self-Love and the Love of Others


Meditation is a huge part of my daily routine. I meditate at least twice daily, when I wake up and when I go to bed. Some days I feel negative energy in and around me. For example when I observe myself making mean comments internally about others or when someone pisses me off. On those days I do a “loving-kindness meditation” also known as a metta bhavana meditation in addition to my regular meditations. Today, I am sharing my favorite loving kindness meditation.

 



What is Loving-Kindness Meditation

According to Yogapedia, “loving-kindness meditation is a form meditation that focuses on feelings of goodwill, kindness and compassion” for yourself and for others. During this meditation, we repeat words of kindness and well-being to ourselves, to loved ones, to acquaintances, to people “who have done us wrong” and all humans in the world as a whole. Sometimes I like to accompany this meditation with smudging (burning sage) for heightened and elevated results but this practice alone will suffice.

 

Below is one of my favorite loving-kindness meditation - my wish for you: may you be happy, may you be well, may you be comfortable and at peace.


Loving-kindness Meditation





If you try this, please let me know in the comments how it made you feel. Try to observe how you feel when you repeat the mantras to yourself and your-loved ones versus when you repeat it to people “who have done you wrong.” I’m curious to read your experience.


Au revoir,
Deb






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