LOVING-KINDNESS GUIDED MEDITATION
Every day is a good day to practice the art of love.
We are all born with a wide-open heart. Through the journey of life, it's something that many of us either consciously work to keep open or unconsciously keep closed. Based on past experiences - rejection, heart break, jealousy, sadness, grief (the list could go on) - your tender heart wants to protect itself from feeling any uncomfortable emotions. Building emotional walls that don't allow others to get in and, most importantly, don't allow yourself to get in.
Healing your heart centre (Heart or Anahata Chakra) makes room for a deeper connection to yourself that you might not even know exists and leads to creating profound bonds with others.
"The more you are able to connect with yourself,
the more you'll be able to connect with others."
One of the most popular meditations for healing the heart is The Loving-Kindness Meditation, a method of developing compassion. It comes from the Buddhist tradition, but it can be adapted and practiced by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation; loving-kindness meditation is essentially about cultivating love.
People who practice loving-kindness meditation regularly are able to increase their capacity for forgiveness, connection to others, self-acceptance, relieve stress and more.
First, practice this meditation with yourself as the subject, and move on to those who are easy for you to envelop with loving kindness. Directing the loving kindness meditation toward difficult people in your life brings real benefits in forgiveness, but it may require more practice.