During the last week of the Yoga Teacher Training and the Summer Solstice Retreat I led a wonderful Loving Kindness Meditation and I wanted to share that with you.
Renowned Meditation Teacher Jack Kornfield says
This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a lovingkindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an intention, planting the seeds of loving wishes over and over in our heart.
I love this! By practicing this meditation regularly your heart begins to soften, you start to feel love towards yourself, then you send this love out to those closest to you, those you don’t know, those you don’t like (!) and finally the whole world.
But loving kindness meditation does far more than produce momentary good feelings. Over a nine week period, research by Berkeley University showed that this type of meditation increased people’s experiences of positive emotions. The research showed compellingly that it actually puts people on “trajectories of growth,” leaving them better able to ward off depression and “become ever more satisfied with life.”