Sunday, May 19, 2019

Three Different Approaches to LovingKindness Practice

updated May 11, 2021

I've heard different opinions over the years about whether lovingkindness meditation should be considered part of mindfulness practice. Here’s my perspective on this: I think lovingkindness or compassion is the main point of mindfulness. We pay attention to our thoughts, words, and deeds in order to be kinder to ourselves and 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.

Here are three different ways to approach lovingkindness meditation...

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