A meditation on Loving-Kindness

I need for a little love? Try this effective and powerful meditation!

As best you can, let your mind be quiet, letting go of plans and preoccupations. Then begin to recite inwardly the following phrases directly to yourself. You begin with yourself because without loving yourself it is almost impossible to love others.

May I be filled with loving-kindness.

May I be well.

May I be peaceful and at ease.

May I be happy.

You can also picture yourself as a young and beloved child, or sense yourself as you are now, held in a heart of loving-kindness. Let the feelings arise with the words and let them permeate your body and mind.

After yourself, choose a benefactor, someone in your life who has truly cared for you. Picture them and carefully recite the same phrases. Then you can begin to include other people you love in the meditation, picturing them and reciting the same phrases, evoking a sense of loving-kindness for them. Then you can even experiment with including the most difficult people in your life, wishing that they too, be filled with loving-kindness and peace.

As you silently practice this loving-kindness meditation among people, you will immediately feel a wonderful connection with them – the power of loving-kindness. It will calm your life and keep you connected to your heart.

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