Episode 066 with Sara Raymond: Loving Kindness Meditation or Metta Meditation
Loving kindness meditation, also known as Metta meditation, as a practice can be used in a few different ways. Towards yourself, towards others, towards all beings and as an intentional way of living. In today’s meditation practice, I will guide you through offering loving kindness to yourself, others, and all beings.
There are a number of benefits of this practice, including, but not limited to, uplifting your mood, quieting your inner critic, and increasing empathy. Enjoy this practice with me as your guide today. You can also benefit from an abbreviated version of this practice at any time, revisiting the phrases for yourself or others anytime you need.
The phrases are:
May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy, may you live with ease.
You will first direct these phrases to a loved one, then to yourself, then to a neutral person, then to a difficult person, and finally all beings. I choose to begin with a loved one so you can easily experience the emotion of loving kindness, even if you may have difficulty feeling it for yourself initially.
“Love creates a communion with life. Love expands us, connects us, sweetens us, ennobles us. Love springs up in tender concern, it blossoms into caring action. It makes beauty out of all we touch. In any moment we can step beyond our small self and embrace each other as beloved parts of a whole.” ~Jack Kornfield
**Be sure to take a look at our Mindful Tip about Loving Kindness where Les shares three different ways to practice lovingkindness meditation, or metta meditation to help you live mindfully. “Love is kind of a big deal!” 😍
Meditation written and read by Sara Raymond
Music Credit: Heart Harmony by Christopher Lloyd Clarke
Licensed by Enlightened Audio
You can also listen to this meditation on youtube with soft background music here:
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