“Loving Kindness” These words are familiar to us in our daily language, but we rarely pause long enough to ponder what these words truly mean, what they offer us, and how they enrich our lives.
Loving Kindness begins with self. This is a practice of befriending oneself, offering the body, the self, goodwill, benevolence. The qualities of Loving Kindness include compassion, empathy, kindness, forgiveness, generosity, and gratitude. By integrating these qualities into our daily lives, we cultivate joy and happiness from within, and ultimately have more to share with the rest of the world.
The practice of Loving Kindness invites goodwill and friendliness toward self and others. As we set the intention and strengthen our practice, these qualities become actions. Once these actions become habits, a mindset emerges that creates happiness and joy in our own lives.