Loving Kindness - A Meditation
The practice of meditating on loving-kindness may be over two thousand years old. Although it may feel a bit mechanical at first, many who have used it experience greater feelings of compassion and love towards both themselves and others. Here's how you do it:
Sit comfortably wherever you normally do your meditating. Relax and let your mind quiet down a little. Start repeating the following in your mind:
May I be at peace with myself...
May I know joy...
May I be relaxed and well...
May I know love...
Picture yourself as a child in the arms of a loved one, or just let feelings of kindness and love arise in you. Repeat the lines for fifteen to twenty minutes, allowing the good feelings to permeate your body and mind. Do this meditation for several weeks, until you notice a sense of loving kindness growing for yourself.
Then you can expand your meditation focus to include others, replacing "I" with "he" or "she" as you repeat the words. Hold a picture of the person in your mind. Try focusing on even the most difficult people in your life.
Begin this method as a meditation. Once you can easily recite the words, you can use them as a loving-kindness exercise while driving, or waiting for an appointment, or wherever. Why not try it today?
Steve Gillman has meditated and studied meditation for over twenty years. You can visit his website, and subscribe to The Meditation Newsletter at: http://www.TheMeditationSite.com/newsletter.html
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