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Loving kindness

Loving kindness is a meditation that helps spread friendliness, compassion, joy, and acceptance.  This form of meditation is practiced by many, including the Dalai Lama, and is supported by research on happiness.  And, it is easy to teach to children.

The mediation uses words, images and feelings to spread loving kindness from you to other people.  After getting comfortable and letting go of tension, begin repeating 3 or 4 short statements which reflect what you wish for yourself.  For example,

May I be well.
May I be happy
May I be peaceful.
May I be loved.

Loving kindness begins with concentrating on yourself, but gradually extends to all people.  Use this youtube video to guide you through the whole exercise. 


For a shorter introduction, listen to Dr. Christine Carter talk about teaching loving kindness meditation to her children.


Loving kindness meditation opens hearts, and produces good feelings in the moment.  Daily or frequent practice over a 3 month period can help you achieve the 3 to 1 ratio of positive to negative emotions.  By prompting you to think about yourself in relation to other people, loving kindness meditation draws attention to the importance of being connected to others. 

Loving kindness meditation helps people of all ages flourish.  It protects against depression, and increases overall life satisfaction.