“Just as there are many rivers that lead to the same ocean, so are there many paths that lead to God.”
-from the book Modoc by Ralph Helfer
The same can be said of meditation. There are many ways of focusing the mind to find peace. One was that speaks deeply to my heart is Metta meditation, also known as Loving Kindness meditation.
I appreciate the opportunity to focus on something rather than nothing, the opportunity to actively direct my thoughts towards love and healing. The science lover in me loves the research that has been done regarding this style of meditation, as well.
My favorite part about it, is that it improves our social connections by changing the brain (literally).
Research also shows that a regular Loving Kindness practice can:
- Improve vagal tone–a physiological measurement of resilience and well-being.
- Increase gray matter in the brain region responsible for emotional regulation.
- Decrease chronic pain.
- Decrease symptoms of depression.
- Significantly decrease posttraumatic stress disorder.
- Has an immediate relaxation effect on the body.
Bonus: a regular Loving Kindness meditation practice actually makes you more likely to help others, making the world a better place!
So, today I’ve decided to share a guided meditation with you that walks you through Loving Kindness meditation. It’s only 12 minutes, so you can fit this in over your lunch break, before you make dinner, or just before drifting off to sleep tonight. Enjoy!