How Loving Kindness Meditation Can Change The World

Loving kindness meditation tips. The Buddhist metta prayer.
Loving kindness meditation prayer

Open your heart with the metta prayer

Loving kindness meditation is also called metta’ meditation, and it is the type of meditation that has benefits that reach far beyond just the person who is practicing it. The intention of loving kindness meditation is to send positive energy out to all beings, which is a slightly different concept from other traditional meditation methods. 

We can each try to help to facilitate a good life for all of humankind even from afar by practicing loving kindness meditation. One intention of loving kindness meditation is to encourage us to put our lives on pause for a moment to focus on bringing positivity and abundance unto others, as well as ourselves. 

What is the metta prayer

The word ‘metta' in Pali, a language closely related to Sanskrit means positive energy and kindness towards others or loving kindness towards others. Unlike traditional meditation where the idea is to observe our thoughts, loving kindness meditation very much focuses on the thoughts of spreading love, happiness, health, peace, and freedom. As suggested by HeartsOnYoga, if everyone were to practice the metta prayer once a week, the world would be a much better place. It is a simple but profound mantra and there are adaptations to it, but the original Buddhist Metta Prayer goes like this:

Loving kindness prayer

My heart fills with with loving kindness. I love myself. May I be happy. May I be well. May I be peaceful. May I be free.
May all beings in my vicinity be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all beings in my city be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all beings in my state be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all beings in my country be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all beings on my continent be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all beings in my hemisphere be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all beings on planet Earth be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May my parents be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all my friends be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all my enemies be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
May all beings in the Universe be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.
If I have hurt anyone, knowingly or unknowingly in thought, word or deed, I ask for their forgiveness.
If anyone has hurt me, knowingly or unknowingly in thought, word or deed, I extend my forgiveness.

Loving kindness quotes:

One loving kindness mantra that I like, that is a little that is similar to the above Buddhist prayer but shorter is:
May all beings be peaceful May all beings be happy
May all beings be safe
May all beings awaken to the light
Of their true nature
May all beings be free

Online meditation classes

There are some phenomenal online guided meditation and sound baths to join on some of our favorite online yoga studios. Yoga International and Alo Moves both have excellent online meditation classes worth exploring.

Here are a few lovely loving kindness mantras that we will leave you with:

“May you live with ease, may you be happy, may you be free from pain.”

“Just as I wish to, may you also live with ease and happiness.”

‘Just as I wish to, may you live with ease, happiness, and good health.’

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