Metta Meditation is a practice gifted to us from the Buddhist tradition. Metta means loving-kindness, and in this practice we cultivate, vocalize and project wishes of peace, love and happiness for ourselves and others in the world.
Many people are surprised by the full body experience they receive while engaging in this practice, some describe feeling as though their whole body is enveloped by warmth and love, others describe feeling their chest expanding with a peaceful and energizing sensation, some feel an opening across their upper back and a sense of peace and support from within and around them.
There has been a deal of scientific research to support the benefits of Metta Meditation, which include increased mood and feelings of happiness, decreases in depression and PTSD symptoms, decreases in chronic pain and migraines, increased empathy and emotional intelligence, an increased ability to regulate one’s emotions and control impulses, improved interpersonal effectiveness, decreased racial bias, decreased self criticism, and greater self-compassion and compassion for others.
It’s well worth giving a try, and it’s guided (by me) so there is no need to feel like you know what you’re doing. I simply invite you to be open to the experience and witness what happens without expectations and without judgement.
May you and yours be filled with happiness, peace and loving-kindness on this day and those to come. Namaste!