Since my recent post about the importance of self-compassion, I am hearing and reading more and more about such practices and how much they can help people feel better.
Ruth Buczynski’s post today has a simple description of what’s called “metta” meditation. It’s very easy to do, and the impact is described by many as immediate feeling of well-being, especially when feeling hurt by someone.
I’ve found this perspective and practice a valuable one. It’s a change from my normal habit of ruminating, scrutinizing and analyzing such situations, and it is a more compassionate stance toward myself which I find comforting and freeing. Even with my mindfulness practice, I wasn’t previously aware of just how stingy I was being with such kindness toward my own existence, and the psychological impact of beating myself up for my mistakes in the innocent attempt to use mindful observation.
Hope you might give this compassionate approach a try and tell others how it went.