18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

Another share. There has been done so much research on this the last few years, I even did a thesis on the benefits of mindfulness meditation during my Master studies.

Many people find it hard to start. And yes, it is! It is like playing the violin, nobody knows how to at first. You have to practice…often. But, remember, keep the bar low. Say to yourself that you will TRY for 2 minutes a day! And even thying for 2-3 minutes a day, to focus on something (your breath, a sound, whaterver works) will calm your nervous system. True story!!!

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18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

by Emma Seppälä

Emma Seppälä looks at the emerging science around the benefits of loving-kindness meditation. 

Loving-Kindness MeditationMany of us have heard of meditation’s benefits. We may have even tried meditation once or twice. And many of us will have found it hard and concluded that “meditation is not for me.” But wait! Did you know there are many forms of meditation? There are mantra meditations, visualization meditations, open-focus meditations, breath-based meditations, and so many more. You just have to find the shoe that fits. An easy one to start with is one that evokes a very natural state in us: kindness.

What Is Loving-Kindness Meditation?

Loving-kindness meditation focuses on developing feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards others (Salzberg, 1997). As I’ve described in my TEDx talk, compassion, kindness and empathy are very basic emotions to us. Research shows that loving-kindness meditation…

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