Here’s a mini-meditation from iBme alum Will.
He offers a different type of meditation: lovingkindness. For those new to it, “lovingkindness” is a practice about building more compassion and good will. Being able to clearly see what’s happening is the name of the game with mindfulness, but you need to be able to view it and reflect on it with a sense of curiosity and kindness—which takes a lot of practice!
We’ve been very excited about the preliminary results of research into iBme retreats that underscores the value of this type of practice. So how can you get the benefits? A great place to start is with a guided lovingkindness meditation—wishing good will to yourself and others as a way to start building that “compassion muscle”. As meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg describes it:
Loving kindness is a form of love that truly is an ability, and, as research scientists have shown, it can be learned. It is the ability to take some risks with our awareness—to look at ourselves and others with kindness instead of reflexive criticism; to include in our concern those to whom we normally pay no attention; to care for ourselves unconditionally instead of thinking, “I will love myself as long as I never make a mistake.” – Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness
Want to hear all of the short guided meditations? Check out the mini-meditations page.