Meditation Makes You Kinder

Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation.  You may have even tried it, but found it hard, and gave up – saying “this isn’t for me”. 

Wait!  Did you know the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program offers many different types of meditations including breath meditations, walking meditations, visualization meditations, open focus meditations and many more.  You just have to find the meditations that resonate for you.

An easy one to start with and works well for me is the loving kindness meditation.

If you find yourself becoming critical of yourself or others when stressed you may also find the loving kindness meditation helpful.

I’ve attached a link on my website to a guided 10 minute loving kindness meditation:

https://www.yoga-therapy.ca/audio-of-meditation/  (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the loving kindness meditation)

The important thing to remember is that if you try this, you may be following the guided meditation but can’t experience any feelings of kindness, warmth and compassion!  Even though it might feel dry and mechanical, this is where you just need to do it – daily.  And trust the process.  Sharon Salzberg, a well-known meditation teacher says: “Our job is to just say the phrases, knowing what they mean, but without trying to fabricate a feeling.”  Below the level of our awareness, the brain is hardwired to learn to love better.  Let it happen.  It will happen.  It happened to me.

So now I’m motivated to do this practice regularly because it has helped me become kinder and more loving to myself and others.   And isn’t that what a meaningful life is ultimately about?  For more info on the upcoming program in October at Perth Physio:

https://www.yoga-therapy.ca/what-is-mbsr-program-info/