Why You Should Try Loving-Kindness Meditation
Loving-kindness meditation, also known as metta bhavana, is a method of developing compassion, disciplining negative thinking and balancing and harmonising wandering minds. “Buddhists and Taoists have used it for centuries and believe that it enables them to achieve a powerful alignment with the universal flow of energy and love known as ‘qi’,” says ordained Taoist monk and meditation teacher David James Lees (wuweiwisdom.com). It can be adapted and practised by anyone, however, regardless of religious beliefs.
The aim is to feel and emanate a pure, unconditional and inclusive love, one of wisdom with no terms or restrictions.
It doesn’t depend on whether someone deserves it or not, nor is it confined to family and friends, and there are no expectations of gaining something in return.
It is a meditation of care, concern and tenderness – a feeling of warmth for ourselves and others. The practice softens the mind and heart, opening us up to a deeper level of kindness, and breaks down our internal and external barriers.