Cultivating Loving Kindness for Loved Ones and Benefactors

In the blog category “Guided Meditations”, I will provide detailed explanations for all the guided meditation tracks that I will place in the Resources section of this website. These blog posts will be hyperlinked from the “Guided Meditations” page under “Resources” menu option where these meditation tracks in mp3 format will be placed for streaming or for downloading.

Loving-kindness meditation is a method of developing compassion. It comes from the Buddhist tradition, but it can be adapted and practiced by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. It is essentially about cultivating love. It focuses on developing feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards others that is unconditional. It is a quality of the heart that simply wishes well to all beings without seeking anything back in return.

Loving kindness has great expansive power. It is all inclusive. When developed, it makes no distinction between beings. It has the capacity to embrace all beings. It also has the power to dissolve our past aversive experiences with other people. All our aversive experiences will not fall away the first time we practice loving kindness meditation. Rather, cultivating and purifying the quality of the heart allows it to flower more and more spontaneously in our lives. The more loving and patient we are with our difficulties, the less lost we are in reactivity thereby leading to wiser choices and wiser actions. As our choices and actions become wiser; they in turn lead to more happiness, more loving kindness and greater freedom thereby creating a great spiral upwards.

The easiest way to practice and cultivate loving kindness meditation is to direct it towards our loved ones and benefactors. This guided meditation serves exactly that purpose. We sit comfortably, relax the body and settle into our posture. We then call to mind someone we love, someone who has helped us, someone for whom a sense of care, love and goodwill naturally arises in our heart. It can be our partner, our parents, our children, our grandchildren or even pets.  We get an image of them and say their names to ourselves. We get a feeling of their presence, and offer the phrases of loving kindness to them, wishing for them what we wish for ourselves.

We then bring to our minds all the people whom we have ever loved and cared for in any role or capacity. We call to mind all the people who have ever helped us; all the people for whom a sense of care, love and goodwill naturally arises in our heart. We need not name all of them. We just get an image and feeing of their presence. We then offer phrases of loving kindness to them, wishing for all of them what we wish for ourselves.

This meditation track is available in the “Guided Meditation” page that can be accessed from the “References” menu option. Please feel free to either stream these exercises or click on the “Download” button to download the mp3 files to your computers or mobile devices.

May you be happy !!!
May you be peaceful !!!
May you live with ease !!!

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