Loving kindness meditation cultivates love. This is one of the modern methods based on ancient Buddhism to develop compassion in our soul. All human beings in this universe regardless of the religion can adapt it.
1.Boosts Positive Emotions
Meditating loving kindness is a source of generating positive feelings. They are contagious and they also reach to others when we experience these feelings and come in contact with others. This is a method that politely and sweetly changes the patterns of our thoughts. As our thoughts are the controller of our emotions, we feel positive or negative due to the kind of thoughts we have running in our mind. Living free of emotional burdens is our duty. Sharing love and kindness with others through our behaviors is a form of social responsibility too. We need to train our mind and let our feelings bloom in a positive manner.
The negative feelings never exist with positive feelings. Loving-kindness replaces all the negative emotions in our thoughts and then in our words to give us a sense of pleasure and peace in all situations. Based on the qualities of this meditation, joy is appreciated by those who do this regularly. The praise for good fortune and strengths are given that is otherwise shown as jealously in the absence of loving kindness within us. The best way to start this practice is by appreciating our own existence with all the good qualities we possess.
2.Maintains Mental Health
Researchers have proved that loving-kindness is beneficial for anger, depression and anxiety. As all of these major mental health issues are rooted out of negative thoughts and feelings, they leads to mental health disorders. The meditation is fruitful in managing our mental health and saves us from getting more and more ill. It places our heart at peace. This practice works in the following domains, they ask us to think directly for ourselves as a happy individual. This secures us with love and closeness with ourselves. We tend to feel happier with each day that passes on with our practice.
We often face a tough situation. We feel it is hard to be calmer in this situation and also around others. We are less neutral and more judgmental. We over evaluate that what we dislike in us rather than balancing both the likes and dislikes of our personality. With love and kindness for our personality, we reframe our mind to feel neutral for others and deal ourselves as a different person. Suppose we cannot advise ourselves but we advise well to our friend. Evaluate a bad situation as our friend’s situation. In this way, we feel open to give love to ourselves.
3.Supports with Medicinal Properties
Improving physical health is another benefits that loving kindness meditation shares. Generally the studies have shown a marked reduction in stress for human beings in this scenario. Our cardiovascular health becomes better, blood flow increase, as our muscles feel less burdened. The effectiveness of this practice has been proven in both groups and individuals who perceive loving-kindness for them and others. This is one of the greatest methods for overall health and significant positive changes in one’s body. The results of this practice are valid to all the body related and physical ailments.
No matter what we have lost in this ongoing life. We have known ways to tackle with the grief. Loving-kindness is projected in our daily life habits, lifestyle routine, eating, sleeping behaviors, addictions and the way we act in certain situations. For example, the kind of nutritive foods we eat is also generated by how important we think it is for self and body’s health. These moments recur in our lives daily and many times in a day. This is self-sustaining, once we make up our mind to live on health principles, we follow it effortlessly. Loving-kindness is a reward; we share with all those whom we feel are in need of, including us.
4.Spreads Contagious Social Connection
Friendliness oozes out of us when we meet someone. This warm expression is the best outcome of loving kindness practice. This leads to active listening and being empathetic feelings towards others. This makes us a genuine person for handling others in the times when they are vulnerable and weak due to the difficulties. When we intend to direct our love filled feelings to the person in need, this is equally useful for us. Try to apply these at different times and with different people present around. Let’s this circulates person to person and in community.
Always remember, its all begin with self. First enhance your expression about yourself, talk about your own strengths and own issues, and become self-aware before proceeding to the social interactions. After some time you will become stable and intact, emotionally and intellectually. This is very important to reach mindfulness to achieve meditative energies for your own well-being and of others. There are some sources that provides a source to spreading this social connections through loving kindness, they are: anyone that is your model, anyone you respect and love, you admire, your teacher or a hero, celebrity, any close friend or a family member, relative, any significant other and those who have no relation with you but you are not hostile about them and don’t have at least negative feelings for them.
5.Provides Long-Term Self-Love Dose
Loving-kindness enables you to act lovingly when you are finding it difficult to forgive yourself. This seeds an attitude in us called equanimity. This helps in protecting some love and sealing some kindness inwards that you might be seeking outside from other sources. So, stop waiting for others to love you, love yourself first. There are certain meditative techniques that help you in repeating loving and kind phrases/affirmations to yourself. They also work as positive coping thoughts for you so that you can fix them in your mind permanently. This practice is actually used to arouse feelings naturally.
You will love to do these when you feel alone, hurt or in problem. Set a timer for three minutes, choose a calm place and visualize in the form of a mental picture, just direct your feelings at the best side of your life, reflect back the moments that you want to enjoy in the coming days. Recall positive statements. Like “I am feeling affection”, I am attracting love, I am getting kind”. Chant these in the form of mantra or mumble gradually whenever you need to.
To conclude, gather all these benefits and make them part of our daily life. We will see your positivity expanding all these days since the practice starts. Good Luck!