by Catharine Hannay
I've heard different opinions over the years about whether lovingkindness meditation should be considered part of mindfulness teaching or a complementary practice. I've sometimes even seen it dismissed as "just a 'feel-good' practice."
In my opinion, lovingkindness or compassion is the reason to practice mindfulness. I want to pay attention to my thoughts, words, and deeds so I can avoid harming myself or others.
Sometimes compassion can arise naturally during mindfulness meditation. Other times it's beneficial to intentionally focus on sending good wishes to ourselves and other people.