18 Science-Backed Reasons To Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

October 02, 2021

Quote of the Week

"Love is the bridge between you and everything." --Rumi

18 Science-Backed Reasons To Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation. We may have even tried meditation once or twice. And many of us will have found it hard and concluded that “meditation is not for me.”  But wait! Did you know there are many forms of meditation? There are mantra meditations, visualization meditations, open-focus meditations, breath-based meditations and so many more. You just have to find the shoe that fits. An easy one to start with is one that evokes a very natural state in us: kindness.

Loving-Kindness Meditation focuses on developing feelings of goodwill, kindness, and warmth towards others. [...] Research shows that Loving-Kindness Meditation has tremendous benefits from greater well-being to providing relief from illness and improving emotional intelligence. To read more about this practice and the science-backed reasons for trying it, check out this week's featured article from Psychology Today. For a parent's perspective on this practice, learn how to practice loving kindness meditation with children.

Reading Corner

Title: May All People And Pigs Be Happy
By: Micki Fine Pavlicek
Ages: 4-8

"May All People and Pigs Be Happy follows seven-year-old Claire and her stuffed animal Pigalina. From Pigalina, Claire learns a simple meditation that helps her to feel kinder toward herself and spread caring and love to others. The loving-kindness meditation can be practiced by anyone regardless of religion to cultivate loving presence, friendship, tenderness, and love. This book is perfect for those with or without a background in the loving-kindness meditation." --Publishers

Be the Change

Try any of these practices from our friends at Mindful Littles and see how you and your children feel after trying one practice daily for a week.