A Loving Kindness contemplation
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Consider Loving Kindness contemplation as Step Seven to the 6 Steps Starter Guide to Meditation
Once you have begun to master meditation as described in the 6 Steps article, consider practicing this Loving Kindness contemplation at the end of your meditation.
The suggestion is that you bring this into your meditation two or three times a week but by all means use every day if you so wish.
The practice involves firstly saying to yourself, words such as:
May I be well, happy, peaceful and calm. May I be protected from any harm. May I be well, happy, peaceful and calm.
Change the wording to suit what you wish for the best for yourself today. [ Loving Kindness contemplation ]
Next, think of a person you love, also think of a person whom you have no strong feelings for, and then also think of a person who challenges you, or you have difficulty with, cannot easily get on with.
As you think of these people direct your words towards each in turn. Obviously change the ‘I’ to ‘you’ or preferably their name.
May you be well, happy, peaceful and calm. May you be protected from any harm. May you be well, happy, peaceful and calm.
You may want to change this contemplation to “May all be well” and extend to the world.
Important: As you say the words, visualise goodness going to yourself, the other person or world you are contemplating.
Don’t be surprised if receive unexpected benefits from your active words and thoughts – but likewise don’t look for such outcomes. Try to see as a service for the good of others. [ Loving Kindness contemplation ]
You may like to explore this book on the topic: Loving-Kindness Meditation: Meditation to Help you Love Yourself, Love Others, and Create More Love and Peace in the World by Bill Scheffel.