Meta Meditation Self Love

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I was listening to Dr. Melissa Wests MP3 discussion on Meta Meditation and Loving Kindness. Its full of common sense. Yet most of us forget to think of ourselves, family and friends always seem to come first.

The following short list seems so simple yet so difficult as well. Loving Kindness from yourself is attainable and if you can attain it yourself, you dont have to rely on others for it. Dr. West discusses how to do this by simply starting to repeat these 4 simple lines to yourself, over and over. And smile!

1. May I be free from inner and outer harm.
2. May I be happy and peaceful.
3. May I be healthy and strong.
4. May I be able to care for myself joyfully.

When you do meta meditation, you first focus on yourself. The second person you share loving kindness with is a respected person. Someone who you look up to, who has helped you in life, someone you admire, or whose advice you value.

1. May you be safe from inner and outer harm.

2. May you be happy and peaceful.

3. May you be healthy and strong.

4. May you be able to look after yourself joyfully.

The next person you extend your loving kindness to is to a friend. Someone who you can easily share your loving kindess with.

1. May you be safe from inner and outer harm.

2. May you be happy and peaceful.

3. May you be healthy and strong.

4. May you be able to look after yourself joyfully.

The next person you extend loving kindness to is a neutral person. Someone you dont know perhaps the bank teller, the grocery store clerk, someone you rode the elevator with.

1. May you be safe from inner and outer harm.

2. May you be happy and peaceful.

3. May you be healthy and strong.

4. May you be able to look after yourself joyfully.

The next person you extend loving kindness to a hostile person. Perhaps someone you had a recent confrontation with. Someone who frustrates you.

1. May you be safe from inner and outer harm.

2. May you be happy and peaceful.

3. May you be able to look after yourself joyfully.

4. May you be able to look after yourself joyfully.

If it becomes too difficult for you to do this part, go back to yourself. Start over and fill your heart with loving kindness for yourself.

The final stage of meta meditation is to extend your loving kindness to all beings.

1. May all beings be safe from inner and outer harm.

2. May all beings be happy and peaceful.

3. May all beings be healthy and strong.

4. May all beings be able to look after yourself joyfully.

You do this daily for yourself for 5 minutes. Melissa suggests you could do yourself on Monday, a respected person Tuesday, and so on. It doesnt have to be a formal sitting practice. You can do this while you are eating, while you walk, or perhaps while you are exercising. Perhaps you can say a line (in your head) to one or several people you pass by while you are at work or going to or from work. Its such a simple thing to do.

Dr. Melissa West is my holistic lifestyle coach and yoga instructor. She has helped me learn relaxation and how to calm my busy schedule to something manageable and peaceful. I highly recommend her for helping you to live a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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