Loving kindness meditation, also known as metta meditation, is a type of mindfulness meditation that cultivates positive emotions, like love, gratitude, and compassion towards oneself and others.
It comes from the Buddhist tradition, but it has been around for thousands of years in various cultures and spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
This type of meditation has many benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved mood and well-being, and physical health benefits.
What Is Loving-Kindness Meditation?
Loving-kindness meditation uses visualizations or mantras to send feelings of goodwill and compassion towards oneself and others. These phrases used start with “may I” or “may you” and focus on different groups of people starting with oneself, loved ones, neutral people, and even difficult people.
Loving-Kindness Meditation Benefits
The benefits of LKM can vary from person to person and may depend on a variety of factors, including how often you practice. Even if you’re short on time, research suggests that even a few minutes of meditation each day can have positive effects on your health.