Loving-kindness is a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart.
Although frequently denigrated in our culture as simplistic and weak, the quality of kindness has an inherent power to transform our worldview from one of fear and isolation to one rooted in clarity, courage, compassion, and genuine happiness. Loving-kindness is traditionally offered with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others, and equanimity.
Renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg will guide you in the experience and cultivation of these qualities and you will learn:
- The practice of loving-kindness with classical techniques in modern idiom
- The applications and effects of a consistent practice of lovingkindness
- The relevance of right intention, right speech, and right action in cultivating kindness in our hearts and minds.
Loving-kindness meditation is also referred to as “metta,” which means friendship, gentle, or lovingkindness in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings. Metta is like a gentle rain that falls indiscriminately upon everything. It is a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including oneself.
The Buddha first taught metta as an antidote to fear, which is still useful for us today. It also helps us develop greater concentration, access fearlessness, and deepen our capacity to love—in a meditation practice and throughout our daily lives.
Step away from the obligations, distractions, and expectations that so often characterize modern life and relax into the energy of lovingkindness toward yourself and all beings.
Nourish yourself with compassionate meditations and exercises to soften the heart, relieve stress, and increase your capacity for giving and receiving love.
Cultivate qualities of fearlessness, courage, and clarity with meditations that have been practices for thousands of years.
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