This Loving Kindness Meditation Is A Radical Act of Love

This Loving Kindness Meditation Is A Radical Act of Love

Loving kindness meditation also known as compassion meditation is linked to self-love, compassion and kindness. Learn how to harvest it's power with this simple routine.
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Loving-kindness meditation is a form of meditation that focuses mainly on producing feelings of kindness, compassion, and goodwill. It is not practiced to accomplish a goal or prove a point; it is a process to experience things in life and enjoy them. Buddha used the Pali word Metta to describe loving-kindness as a word for friendship, benevolence, kindness, and affection. And so, loving kindness meditation is considered a radical act of love.

Loving-kindness Meditation usually starts with the self; it softens the heart and mind and helps in experiencing love and compassion for ourselves, which we can then show others too. It is known to: 

  1. Reduce negative emotions and increase positive ones. 
  1. Improve social connections 
  1. Initiate emotional processing and empathy. 
  1. Relieve chronic pain 

Why Loving Kindness Meditation is An Act of Love

A significant spiritual development and the desire to consider our pleasant emotions arise with loving-kindness meditation. According to some studies on how loving-kindness meditation activates the insula and parietal junction, two brain regions that link perception and emotion, get activated faster than other forms of meditative practices. This practice has a long-lasting effect on our mind and body and kick-starts a wave of positivity that is truly empowering.

Benefits of Loving Kindness Meditation

  1. Less Self-Criticism: Once committing to loving-kindness meditation, there is no space for self-criticism since the method shuts the critic in our mind and makes one more self-accepting. 
  1. Positive emotions: The loving-kindness meditation attracts positive energy from the outside and improves the quality of life. 
  1. Lesser self-destructive thoughts: People with mental health issues showed a reduction in their self-harming impulses and manifested an overall decrease in their negative symptoms. 

As long as we are committed to unconditional self-love and self-appreciation, there are no right or wrong ways to practice loving-kindness meditation for the mind and soul to connect. The best ways to practice it are: 

  1. Use yourself as the subject and repeat praise words like “May I be well; May I be healthy; May I be at peace”. 
  1. Take some time from your schedule and commit yourself to loving-kindness meditation during those minutes every day. 
  1. Maintain a journal to record how you felt before, during and after the session. 
  1. Cultivate loving-kindness by shifting focus on a good friend. 

Typically, the meditation is completed by sending forth loving-kindness to all beings and extending mindfulness as widely as possible.

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