Give yourself a bit of love: a loving-kindness practice

Due to past traumas, many of my clients struggle with self-criticism and related feelings of shame, which can make it difficult to feel self-compassion. If you have a trauma history – it’s very likely you have a hard time liking yourself. Mindfulness and compassion-based therapies help you be much kinder to yourself.

A concept similar to self-compassion is the practice of loving-kindness, which is an act of friendliness toward oneself and others. Research found that individuals who practice a loving-kindness meditation had increased vagal tone, autonomic flexibility, sense of social connectedness, and experience more positive emotions. In normal language, life got much better for them and the same could be true for you.

Loving-kindness meditations are also associated with improvements in chronic pain (like migraines).

I’d like to share with you today a loving-kindness meditation by one of my favourites – Tara Brach.

Her teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, bringing mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. Tara is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.

Find a quiet, comfortable place, take a sit and tune in for this amazing 20-minute experience.

Until next time,

Ilona Zaleska