Simple, Powerful Lovingkindness

A way to cultivate joy, love and compassion within ourselves and the world.

Join Shelley in a guided meditation.

 

We have been waiting for our tax refund to arrive for months. Recently, we received a notice that we were randomly selected for an identity verification. We tried the online option, with no success. The next option was to call the IRS. I made multiple attempts to call, for several days, but was unable to get through, not even to wait on hold.

Then one day I was able to get through and waited on hold for 45 minutes. I was very happy to hear a voice. I had gotten through to someone! The woman I spoke with was very kind and patient as I needed time to search through tax records to give the requested information. After the process was complete, she informed me that it could take up to another 6 weeks to get our tax refund. Although I wasn’t looking forward to waiting longer, I was grateful that I was able to speak with someone, and for her patience.

When the call was over, I simply said “Thank you for all of your help. Have a good day.” The woman paused and stammered back a response. While it was easy for me to see that she was a nice person doing a hard job, I could see that she was stunned to receive kindness at the end of the call. She was most likely bracing herself for abuse from yet another caller. I could tell that my words meant a lot to her. 

It’s easy to feel powerless when living in this chaotic and uncertain time. When life throws us another curve, it’s easy to lash out at those around us, both those we love and perfect strangers. But we do have the power to create a shift in the atmosphere. Small words and acts of kindness, and even kind thoughts carry energy of love and healing. This energy multiplies as it is spread throughout humanity toward each other and the planet. 

One form of meditation that cultivates this powerful energy is a Lovingkindness meditation

Lovingkindness meditation is from the Buddhist tradition but is applicable to people of all belief systems.  This meditation is a way to cultivate feelings of love and kindness and to extend that to ourselves, then extend that outward-starting with people we love and respect, then to a neutral person, then to those we struggle with or have negative feelings towards. Ultimately, extending to all people and all of creation.  

By gradually developing loving-kindness in this way, both to ourselves and to others, we overcome mental barriers, replacing anger and hate with love and kindness, developing a healthy, positive, harmonious and peaceful view of the world.

All spiritual traditions talk about this power of love for others and ourselves. Science has also shown that this type of meditation supports our own happiness. 

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson, Director of the UW’s Waisman Center for Brain Imaging conducted a study with functional MRI brain scans of veteran meditators (Tibetan monks with 40,000 hours of practice) and novice meditators. The study showed that Loving-Kindness Meditation has profound effects on the brain by developing compassion towards unknown people.

Practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation and Compassion also showed that in functional MRI the area of the brain responsible for happiness, joy, love, and contentment lights up, indicating deep contentment and happiness of the Tibetan monks. Thus, meditating Loving-Kindness and compassion makes the meditator happier. 

Feel the sensations of positive loving-kindness energy emanating from your heart chakra as you join me in a guided Lovingkindness meditation. As you hear my words, mentally repeat and feel the energetic vibration

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Blessings, love and light,

Shelley

 

October 2020 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care. During the COVID stay-at-home period she is offering online yoga classes (https://www.pureenergyyoga.com/monthly-subscription-channel) and in-person or remote Reiki and in-person physical therapy for persons who are symptom free.   Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.