Lovingkindness Meditation

Lovingkindness meditation both allows us to look directly at ourselves and extend goodwill to others. By sitting still, eyes open or closed, repeating silently phrases like, “may I be happy, may I be safe, may I give and receive appreciation,” and taking the time to be present in a moment of self-compassion, we guide our attention to a bigger picture of ourselves and others as we extend our goodwill. It takes practice to understand that we are not simply a collection of mistakes and missteps. Lovingkindness meditation is said to give rise to more resilience, a greater sense of happiness, and an extended ability to draw on inner resources. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

How to Practice Loving-Kindness

JoAnna Hardy teaches us the famed Buddhist practice of metta – offering love to ourselves and others.

Personalize Your Loving-Kindness Meditation

Self-compassion is one of the greatest gifts you can offer yourself. Use this guide to craft loving-kindness phrases that feel meaningful for you.

Why Loving-Kindness Takes Time: Sharon Salzberg

It's only after we've practiced many times that we'll begin to notice a habit developing—namely, letting ourselves off the hook once in awhile.

The Buddhist Practice of Loving Kindness (Metta)

Loving-kindness is defined in English dictionaries as a feeling of benevolent affection, but in Buddhism, loving-kindness (in Pali, Metta; in Sanskrit, Maitri) is thought of as a mental state or attitude, cultivated and maintained by practice.

Cultivate a Metta Mind: Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness meditation (metta) challenges us to send love and compassion to the difficult people in our lives, including ourselves.

The Two Tiers of Buddhist Loving-Kindness Practice

Spend some time in any Buddhist setting anywhere and you will quickly recognize a predictable cultural norm: Kindness.

Cultivating Compassion

How to love yourself and others.

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.”

Be Kind to Yourself

You have enlightened nature, says Pema Khandro Rinpoche. If you truly know that, you’ll always be kind to yourself.

What Type of Meditation Is Best for You?

One of the most in-depth meditation studies to date shows that different practices have different benefits.


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