“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness”. Dalai Lama
You can’t have failed to notice it’s Valentines this week. The shops are full of heart shaped chocolate boxes, novelty gifts and overpriced roses.
Valentine’s can be fun for couples who communicate their needs and don’t expect their partner to mind read, otherwise it can be a disaster area.
If you have unrealistic expectations for Valentines and equate gifts and cards with validation that you are indeed loveable, then maybe you are lacking self love and no amount of cute bears holding hearts will fix that. It’s inevitable that you may end the day feeling let down and disappointed.
Loving kindness is a meditation practice that helps you develop altruistic love. By practicing regularly you can free your mind from old, negative, self-limiting thought patterns which govern your emotional state and cultivate compassion both towards yourself, and your fellow man.
Buddha once said “Hatred cannot coexist with loving-kindness, and dissipates if supplanted with thoughts based on loving-kindness.”
Studies have shown that being compassionate towards others may be one of the best ways to improve health and well-being, increase positive social connectivity and lower blood pressure. Best of all loving kindness can be practiced anywhere from coffee shops to traffic jams.
Beginning a practice of loving kindness can initially feel uncomfortable. It can feel unnatural to offer ourselves love which is precisely why we should and what better day than today to being a journey a self-love?
You can download the audio for our Loving Kindness meditation here.
Our next Mindfulness Course begins on 23rd February. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into place.