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Lovingkindness



Lovingkindness as a Buddhist concept (metta in Pali, maitri in Sanskrit) is not an act of doing something nice: it is a state of being focused on compassion toward self and others that is cultivated and maintained by practice (often meditation) and is thought to be essential to freeing ourselves from suffering. It is the antidote to selfishness, anger, and fear. Lovingkindness is also a term used in Judaism (chesed) to refer to kindness between people, devotion toward God, and the love or mercy of God toward humanity.

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Three Ways to Practice Loving Kindness / Living Mindfully / Mindful Movement

In today's tip for intentional living, Les shares three different ways to practice lovingkindness meditation, or metta meditation to help you live mindfully.

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Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life

We can use whatever life presents to strengthen our spiritual practice—including the turmoil of daily life. What we need is the willingness to just be with our experiences—whether they are painful or pleasing—and open ourselves to the reality of our lives without trying to fix or change anything.

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Why Your Brain Loves Kindness

If you’re familiar to meditation, then you’ve probably tried a basic loving-kindness practice. It involves bringing to mind someone you love, and wishing that they are safe, well, and happy—either out loud or to yourself.

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FindCenterLove is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.

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The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion

A friend criticizes you. You grow impatient with someone you’re trying to help. A cell phone user annoys you on a train.

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The Benefits of Loving-Kindness

Understanding Loving-Kindness, a meditation focused on nurturing compassion, kindness, goodwill, and love for oneself and others.

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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others.

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FindCenterThere’s a widespread belief that if you have solid self-esteem you don’t need outside affirmation and praise. This is patently untrue, by the way.

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Meet Bad Habits with Loving-Kindness

Sylvia Boorstein unpacks the foundational Buddhist teaching “Recognize unwholesome states in the mind and replace them with wholesome states.”

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The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice

We are all born in the image of God, but living out the likeness of God is a choice.

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