Loving Kindness Meditation

There is an ancient and transformative meditation that the Buddha encouraged that elicits a gentle spirit, towards ourselves and others.

It is a practice that opens the heart toward forgiveness, even towards those who we may have deemed enemies. We may have people in our life who have caused us great pain or we may feel have stolen from us our essential self.  This, of course, is an illusion (though it can hold a powerful and long lasting spell on us if we are not awakened to it).  With loving kindness meditation, we can be restored to remember who we are, to listen our own good heart, our own best Self.

We can discover the wisdom to open the doors and windows of the Spirit.  It begins, always,  with a loving kindness towards ourselves.  It is after all, almost impossible to truly love others…until we know, love, and accept ourselves.  From this touchstone, we can spread our ability to love towards those in our inner circle, and then out into the wider world.

Begin with the breath of mindfulness, it is the breath that calls us to this moment.  It is life’s breath.  It is the breath that breathes through you, that you do not have to control, that you do not ultimately control. Be in your body.  It is a good body, and worthy of your care and respect.

Each day, for as many days as you can be present, repeat these ancient words:

“May I be filled with loving kindness/May I be well in body and mind/May I be safe from inner and outer dangers/May I be happy/Truly happy and free”*

*(taken from Jack Kornfield’s Audio Meditation on Loving Kindness)

I do this, dear reader, and it is changing me.  I watched a woman laughing on a 100 degree day in Charlotte, NC with her labrador retriever, getting cooled off in a beautiful fountain in the park.  She was directing her dog to the places that he could catch a drink of water.  She maneuvered him so deftly, so joyfully…it was only as I left that I realized that she was blind, and that this dog was her eyes.  Or perhaps something more?

With loving kindness, we are given eyes to see.  She was seeing, though not without the aid of  natural sight.

And last night, I caught a glimpse of early summer evening light on two church steeples and the glint  of their brass weathervanes…signs of old New England, and felt blessed, blessed to be exactly where I was.  Steeped in love and kindness towards myself, the ones I have been given to love, and towards those who crossed my paths…all bathed in this light.  Blessed be.


2 thoughts on “Loving Kindness Meditation

  1. My dear Nun Tuck,
    How long you have been absent and was sorely missed. This loving posting almost makes up for your extended hiatus. Ah, I am sure you are busy doing good there, but you must remember… this is doing good too. And for those who are not directly part of your life, this is the only way we can know you and your beautiful thoughts.

    I have been a busy beaver, and I have just finished posting up a little story this morning (well, its morning to me. hehehe) called Love Undiminished… Read it when you can, because like many, many souls I have met in this world, such a story was and is inspired by you.

    I am glad you noticed early summer evening light framed on the two church steeples, such things were created by God simply for you to have noticed, and for you to share it with your readers. Indeed, Nun Tuck, Blessed Be!

    From an Old Fan,

    Pax Taufiqa

  2. Taufiq, I sent your reply on the Sinner’s Almanac. I had lots to say! Let me know if it didn’t show up…GREAT POSTS YOU HAVE had in the last week…you are inspired for sure.

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