Need a big dose of compassion, peace, and warmth? In this blog, we'll explore "loving-kindness meditation," a simple yet powerful practice that involves cultivating positive emotions (such as love, kindness, and compassion) towards yourself and others.
Loving-kindness meditation, also known as "Metta" meditation, is a technique that helps cultivate feelings of love, kindness, and compassion - both for yourself and for others.
Over time, research has shown that this can help you feel more relaxed, less stressed, and more empathetic towards yourself and others. It can also improve your relationships and help you develop a more positive outlook on life.
There's also some evidence that loving-kindness meditation may have physical health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, improving immune system function, and slowing biological aging.
"May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you be safe.
May you be peaceful and at ease."
Here's a simple breakdown of how to approach loving-kindness meditation:
This is a common thing that comes up with my yoga therapy clients. Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to feel positive feelings and compassion towards yourself, while it's very easy to feel compassion for other people. So if this is you, you're certainly not alone!
In this case, something that can be effective is to start by focusing on someone you love or care for deeply (instead of starting with yourself). Once you're able to connect deeply with the positive emotions, then you can try working up to shifting the focus to yourself.
Remember that this is a practice! It's absolutely normal if you find it challenging at first. Developing self-compassion is a process, and it's okay to take your time with it. With consistent practice and patience, it is possible to develop more positive feelings towards yourself (and others).
Here's a short guided loving-kindness meditation so you can put it into practice.
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