Loving-Kindness Meditation

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This practice was originally recorded on “Thanksgiving Day” in 2019. It’s important to acknowledge the colonial origins of this “holiday.” Therefore, I invite you to learn more about the National Day of Mourning from the United American Indians of New England.

For many, the holidays are a time of great joy but can also be quite stressful. Loving-kindness meditation is a great practice for keeping stress at bay and cultivating peace and love during the holiday season. In this video, I offer a short explanation of loving-kindness meditation and how I incorporate the practice in my life. I also offer you a 10-minute guided meditation that you can practice anywhere and at any time!
 
Meditation starts at about 7:30
 
This practice is adapted from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and includes four stages. We begin by offering ourselves loving-kindness. Then, we offer the same to people in our lives whom we care about and/or have difficult relationships with. We conclude by offering loving-kindness to All Beings.
The script I use is below – please feel free to adapt this meditation to fit your needs. 
 
Self
May I be happy,
May I be healthy,
May I be safe,
May I live with ease.
 
Someone You Love
May you be happy,
May you be healthy,
May you be safe,
May you live with ease.
 
Someone You Have a Difficult Relationship With
May you be happy,
May you be healthy,
May you be safe,
May you live with ease.
 
All Beings
May All Beings be happy,
May All Beings be healthy,
May All Beings be safe,
May All Beings live with ease.

 

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