Lovingkindness and compassion practices have always formed part of mindfulness tradition and teachings. The word “lovingkindness” is a translation of the word metta in the Pali language. In a simple way, we might describe the practice of metta as the intentional cultivation of positive thoughts and emotions for oneself and for others.
Here are 4 compassion practices to use and return to often — a song, guided meditations, and talks recorded at iBme retreats over the years.
#1 Listen to “No One is Excluded from My Heart,” a song led by Pablo Das at the 2016 Northeast Summer Teen retreat — and a surefire way to melt your heart and bring a smile in the middle of any Grinch-like moment.
#2 Practice this Guided Lovingkindness Meditation, a 30-minute experience led by iBme executive director and teacher, Jessica Morey:“A lot us of have a really hard time being kind to ourselves, even loving ourselves, sometimes.” Use regularly!
#3 Explore the Topic and Practice of Forgiveness in this recording of iBme teacher Pablo Das offering reflections and guidance on practicing forgiveness. A must for navigating any longstanding conflicts.
#4 Make This Self-Kindness Meditation a Priority Discover how to make positive, loving thoughts a more natural experience than self-defeating ones. iBme teacher Dawn Mauricio guides this self-oriented variation on lovingkindness meditation that includes an invitation to lie down for the last 5 to 6 minutes. A wonderful weekly practice, or more often when you are going through a really difficult time.
Whether you are in some kind of chaos, just facing the normal challenges that life brings, or simply curious about lovingkindness and compassion practices, we hope that you’ll find something that works for you.
Feel free to share these 4 Compassion Practices with someone who could use them.