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PRACTICE Loving-Kindness

By Michelle Poskaitis

Loving-Kindness is a practice to cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. It consists of a series of phrases said while in a centered or meditative state. We send a series of wishes on behalf of several people, including ourselves. The wishes and the order of people is not significant however, there is a traditional flow. Most importantly, be settled in a comfortable way and allow your mind and heart to be directed to the intention of sending loving-kindness. Do this practice while sitting, walking or while out in the world. Start simply with:

  • May I (you) be safe
  • May I (you) be happy
  • May I (you) be healthy
  • May I (you) live with ease

Say these phrases towards people in this order:

  • Benefactor
  • Ourselves
  • Friends
  • Neutral person
  • Difficult Person
  • All life

Within Loving-Kindness many find a stance for social justice, creating a sustainable life and an overall experience of living a peaceful life.

Benefits of Loving-Kindness

  • Connecting to a gentle friend within.
  • Finding a gentleness for ourselves through times of transition.
  • A softening of our judgments toward people who annoy us; this small opening allows us to see each person’s humanity more clearly.
  • A calm serenity in the face of unfortunate circumstances, like when “bad things happen to good people”—wallet being stolen, freak car accidents, health crisis.
  • Finding an easier stance with difficult emotions or bodily sensations, such as pain.
  • A willingness to be transparent about hard feelings, challenging requests, everything.

Find this and more practices in The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating A Life Of Sustainable Abundance

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