Loving Kindness

Loving Kindness guided meditation

Loving Kindness Drop-in Guided Practice

Drop-in: No bookings Necessary

3rd Saturday of each month (except January), 2pm till 3pm

Entry by donation

Loving kindness meditation practice enables us to learn:

  • first how to open to the unconditional love within ourselves and then
  • how to extend this love to those around us
  • how to even further extend this, even to strangers and others

Meditating on loving kindness helps us restore our love and confidence, and heal any unresolved emotional wounds we may be carrying. It also puts us back in touch with the fundamental goodness of our core being, and once that has happened, we are able to love ourselves and others.

Many people tell us that loving kindness practice gives them a method for transforming their difficult emotions and helps them avoid getting stuck in confusion and negativity. For this reason, many students discover that by meditating on loving kindness their shamatha meditation practice is more stable.

In a landmark study, Barbara Frederickson and her colleagues (Fredrickson.Cohn. Coffey. Pek. & Finkel. 2008) found that practicing seven weeks of loving-kindness meditation increased love, joy, contentment, gratitude, pride, hope, interest, amusement, and awe. These positive emotions then produced increases in a wide range of personal resources (e.g., increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms), which, in turn, predicted increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms (Emma Seppala, Ph.D, Associate Director, Stanford University Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education).

Drop-in: No bookings Necessary