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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. Metta can help us open the heart, respond with more gentleness, and be at ease with ourselves and others. Like other types [...]

By |2018-08-10T15:11:18-07:00April 14th, 2018|Metta|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-06-17T13:34:15-07:00July 16th, 2017|Metta|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-06-26T16:38:58-07:00June 11th, 2017|Metta|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-06-17T13:34:18-07:00March 1st, 2017|Metta|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-06-17T13:34:22-07:00June 17th, 2016|Metta, Mindfulness|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-06-17T13:34:23-07:00May 21st, 2016|Forgiveness, Metta, Mindfulness|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-06-17T13:34:24-07:00May 9th, 2016|Metta, Social Issues|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-06-17T13:34:25-07:00March 18th, 2016|Metta, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Walking Meditation Instructions, Benefits, and Guidance

Walking Meditation Instructions, Benefits, and Guidance 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 [...]

By |2018-07-05T14:11:56-07:00November 3rd, 2015|Metta, Mindfulness|1 Comment