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.
Someone You Have a Difficult Relationship With
May All Beings be healthy,
May All Beings live with ease.