Love and Kindness
In my “Curious About Guided Meditation? Here was my Experience .” blog post, I talked about how impactful the love & kindness practice portion felt- at one point it even had me in tears.
Since this day, I’ve been eager to learn more about this whole Love & Kindness Meditation thing: what it is, the benefits, and how to practice it on my own time. So here is what I’ve found-
What is LKM?
“Put most simply, Loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM) is the practice of cultivating the feeling of universal love – love for all beings, as opposed to personal or romantic love. This is typically done by directing well-wishes towards yourself and others. In Buddhism this is known as Metta, or compassion meditation.” Source here.
Increases positive emotions & decreases negative emotions
Activates & increase empathy
Increases compassion & social awareness
Better sleep habits
A calmer mind
How to practice Love & Kindness Meditation in daily life
Here’s one method.
Begin by finding a quiet place, close your eyes, and begin by picturing yourself and say the following-
- May I be happy.
- May I be safe.
- May I be healthy, peaceful, and strong.
- May I give and receive appreciation today.
Once you have done this, think of someone you love. picture them in you mind’s eye, and say (in your head or out loud) the following-
- May you be happy.
- May you be safe.
- May you be healthy, peaceful, and strong.
- May you give and receive appreciation today.
Repeat this step for everyone you have ever loved, then for someone you feel neutral towards, then someone you don’t particularly like, and end this meditation with picturing the world and do the same.
More information about how to perform meditation here.
I hope you learned something new from this post.
This is definitely something I will be putting into practice in my daily life.