The Practice of Loving-Kindness

“We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”
—Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

Matters of the heart are often thought of in terms of romantic liaisons, especially during the valentine month of February. But there is an ideal, pure love that knows no boundaries, has no expectations, and is extended to all beings, including ourselves. This is known as loving-kindness.

Loving-kindness is an unconditional love; inclusive, tender and wise. The concept stems from the Buddhist tradition, but can be cultivated by anyone who wishes to experience deeper levels of compassion and genuine, heartfelt goodwill toward other living things.

Loving-kindness begins with ourselves…breaking away from any negative feelings we may harbor about ourselves, letting go of the negative stories we tell ourselves, and participating fully in what it means to be human. Cultivating true tenderness and concern for ourselves is the first step in truly opening our hearts to others.

We hope you will experience and extend loving-kindness for yourself and others, to help make the world a more compassionate place in which to live our earthbound lives.

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