Loving Kindness Meditation – Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others

Loving Kindness Meditation – Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others

What is Loving Kindness Meditation?

Metta Bhavana is the original name of this practice originating from the Buddhist tradition, which can be practised by anyone regardless of religious affiliation. Metta means (non-romantic) ‘love’, kindness, or friendliness: hence ‘Loving Kindness’ for short. Bhavana means ‘development’ or ‘cultivation’. Research shows that Loving Kindness meditation has numerous benefits from reducing self-criticism and depressive symptoms (Shahar et al 2014) to increasing positive emotions such as joy, love, gratitude, contentment and hope (Frederickson et al 2008)

I have recorded this Loving Kindness meditation for you to help cultivate a deeper sense of kindness, compassion, goodwill and appreciation for yourself and the world around you.

Before I die I want to….

“It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you…. Two of the most valuable things we have are time and our relationships with other people.” – Candy Chang

If you haven’t already seen it, (or maybe even if you already have!) check out this life-affirming video of artist Candy Chang’s TED Talk. I was in the midst of getting worked-up over something…and then I saw this and it reminded me that what I was getting so worked-up about really wasn’t that important.

How would you complete this sentence?

Many thanks to John Williams at Screw Work Let’s Play for sharing.

Before I die I want to…

BKS Iyengar Interview

I recently heard about the ‘Take Back Yoga’ movement started by the Hindu American Foundation, so I was really interested to read what BKS Iyengar had to say on the issue:

“Yoga is an Indian heritage, not a Hindu property.  Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which forms the basis of the system, addresses all humanity not just Hindus.  Just because yogis did not travel as widely as they do today does not imply that the practice belonged to one community or place.  Patanjali calls yoga sarva bhauma, a universal culture. And yoga is an individual’s evolutionary journey as a sadhaka (seeker) from the body to the self.  Where is the room for doubt here?”

You can read the full interview from the Times of India here.  Thanks to Cora Wen (@CoraYoga) for sharing.