loving kindness

Mindfulness practices--such as paying attention in a nonjudgmental way to one's breath or other sensations--has been shown
Armed with an app guiding me through this meditation, I practiced dutifully for several months--but eventually I fell off
During my career in Academia, I have noticed an unhealthy trend among students. It's the obsessively self-critical thinking that happens when students do something that doesn't go "right." They fall into the judgmental trap of thinking they are a failure or something is wrong with them.
Choosing to love others unconditionally is a gift we give to ourselves and to others. We are each here to significantly make a difference in some capacity in this life - loving others is one way to do that.
Metta is the act of extending our love, kindness and friendship equally towards all beings, proving that love is more powerful than any negative force. Rather than trying to deal with negativity, we cultivate the opposite; seeing and knowing pain, we bring loving kindness. Then amazing change is possible.
We are worthy of love, acceptance, joy and peace. By shifting our perspective to one of love, we can easily recognize that despite our shortcomings and no matter our past mistakes, we are worthy of all good things in life.
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Social media has turned life and its experiences into an exercise in narcissism. No matter what the experience is actually about, it becomes about you, the person who is living it.
Try it out for a moment -- this moment. Just let yourself be. Give yourself permission to have the experience you are having, whatever it is, with no story about whether it is right or wrong, good or bad. Feel how you actually are. It's that direct and that simple.
To care for another unleashes the feeling of joy and accomplishment. When you allow love to take root in your heart and soul, you open yourself and your world up, endless possibilities of grace.
Some adults and children go all out on Mother's Day. Flowers, candy, jewelry, special clothes, expensive pocket books, unique books--whatever are mothers' favorite things are bought and presented with acclaim.
This morning I woke up feeling fractured and fragile due to a loss of heart-wrenching proportions, which added to my already bottomless pit of sadness at being left once again -- as Gilbert O'Sullivan sang: "Alone Again, Naturally."
At the most basic level, metta is an exercise, a training. It's a "what if" experiment to test how it might feel to strengthen my capacity for loving-kindness, to nudge my kindness beyond its currently constricted borders.
And isn't life just like that sometimes? You can strategize and plan your morning down to the minute and then you will suddenly and inexplicably find a giant, gasping, half-dead behemoth at your feet and you will have to decide what to do.
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