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Loving Kindness Meditation – Cultivating an Open Heart

Loving Kindness Meditation – Cultivating an Open Heart Loving kindness meditation is an important part of the path. We have all experienced moments of anger, harshness, judgement, and beating ourselves or others up. Loving kindness practice can help us open the heart, respond with more gentleness, and be at ease with ourselves and others. Like other meditation practices, there are many different ways we can cultivate loving-kindness. The intention is to open our hearts, and we have to listen to ourselves to see which practices are beneficial in our lives. Enter your email for a loving-kindness script and a couple …

Metta for Self

A Year of Self-Kindness, Part 2

We held a New Year’s Intention Setting class this year on New Year’s Eve. I set the intention to practice metta daily for myself. Metta is the first of the four brahma-viharas and the practice of cultivating loving-kindness or gentle friendliness toward a being, who in this case happens to be myself. I wrote back in March about my experience over the first few months, including the concentration aspects, learning how to relate in a new way to experience, and if metta was an emotion or feeling. Now July, I thought I would offer an update on how the practice …

What is metta meditation?

What is Metta? – Metta Practice, Meditations, and Explanation

What is Metta? – Metta Practice, Meditations, and Explanation You may have heard the term metta or metta bhavana before in a meditation group, on social media, or in a dharma talk. It’s an important and foundational practice in Buddhist meditation traditions, and something about which we receive a lot of questions. As the first of the four brahma-viharas, or heart practices, it’s a practice worth integrating into both our meditation practice and daily lives. We’ve created this introductory guide to the practice to help answer a few questions: –What is metta? –Why is metta important? –How do we practice …

Metta for Self

Practicing Metta for Self

Shop Mindfulness Gifts “In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn On December 31st, we held a New Year’s Eve Intention Setting event. People came and sat together, practiced yoga, and mindfully set an intention for themselves for the coming year. These weren’t the typical “resolutions.” Rather, we all named something we could do that …

Seeing Suffering and Having Compassion

This post comes to us courtesy of ParentTeam, a wonderful organization that helps people find effective drug and alcohol treatment for themselves and loved ones. One Mind Dharma is proud to work closely with ParentTeam, as they are truly some of the most compassionate people we know. There have been many times that I become annoyed with someone for how they are behaving. Before I had a meditation practice and before I was sober I would be frustrated and hold in my annoyance. I would wonder why in the world that person acted that way and how they did not …

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

The three most foundational aspects of self care are water, sleep, and food. Self-care often begins with getting these three elements in a balance that works for you. Sometimes we have these elements working but notice we are suffering. I know that there have been many times that I’m drinking enough water, sleeping enough, and eating right but I still feel stressed or overwhelmed. Even in the midst of ideal external circumstances my mind can still create suffering. Often when this happens it is because something is missing from my meditation or spiritual practice. In those times I need something …

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Engaging with Metta

The Buddhist practice of metta is the practice of opening the heart to everything around and within us. Sometimes translated as lovingkindness, I prefer to think of metta as gentleness toward all beings and experience, a true caring for the wellbeing of ourselves and others. The Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s words on metta, instructs us: Even as a mother protects with her life Her child, her only child, So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings; Radiating kindness over the entire world: Spreading upwards to the skies, And downwards to the depths; Outwards and unbounded. Metta …

Kindly Aware

When we think about metta practice, we probably think of extending metta to ourselves and others around us. This makes sense, as the Buddha’s instructions were to wish “in gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease.” Metta is traditionally cultivated through the practice of offering wishes of wellbeing to sentient beings. This is an important practice, and also helps us build concentration. Recently, I have found it important to make effort to bring the quality of metta to insight practices. Unkind Awareness I sit regularly, and catch glimpses of the patterns (or lack thereof) in the mind. …

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Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation Walking meditation is often slighted as a less important form of practice. However, walking meditation is an important and beneficial practice. The Buddha himself recommended practicing walking meditation in his discourse on establishing mindfulness. There are many ways we can practice while walking, and different types of Buddhism have different practices. Whether you want to dedicate time to walking meditation, practice while getting some exercise, or meditate while walking at work, learning how to meditate while on the move can be quite powerful. What is Walking Meditation? I posted a walking meditation on the popular app Insight Timer …