Metta for Self

A Year of Self-Kindness, Part 2

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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 …

What is metta meditation?

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

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What is Metta Meditation? 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 …

Metta for Self

Practicing Metta for Self

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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 …

Seeing Suffering and Having Compassion

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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 …

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

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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 …

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Engaging with Metta

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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 …

Kindly Aware

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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 …

Walking Meditation

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Many people slight walking meditation, and don’t consider it a true formal meditation practice. However, walking meditation is a very useful practice, and was recommended┬áby the Buddha himself. What is Walking Meditation? This is the first question that we are asked frequently. Walking meditation is just like sitting meditation. We choose a practice and focus our attention. Rather than sitting …

Eight Ways to Cultivate Metta

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Inspired by Elizabeth’s recent post, Eight Ways to Practice Mindfulness in Daily Life, I thought I would share some tips about cultivating metta in daily life. Metta is an important practice that has changed my relationships with others and myself, and it isn’t only cultivated in sitting meditation. We can cultivate metta with these simple methods of opening the heart. …