Today I had a good experience with a loving kindness meditation that I wanted to share.
I’ve struggled with self-love my whole life. In recent years, I’ve made some headway… It felt like I had the right pieces of the puzzle but they didn’t quite fit into place. The puzzle pieces being healthy boundaries, self-compassion and developing confidence. I was acting towards myself in a loving way, but I didn’t feel it.
With this meditation I practiced sustaining feelings of loving kindness towards others. I hoped that one day I would be able to turn that love towards myself. Today I realized that was true and the story that I don’t love myself, is just that… A story. One that I can finally put down.
What a wonderful and powerful insight that you have gained thru the beautiful lovingkindness practice. It is my most go to practice, sometimes it is only just for a few seconds, like when i am out in public and I see someone struggling. This is a lifetime practice a bit like breathing it nourishes the practitioner and those that are around them.
Thank you for your kind comment. My apologies for the delayed reply. I was very unwell and not in the most positive frame of mind. Thankfully, I’m starting to feel better now.
I agree, I’ve found that my empathy for others is growing with the practice. It also taught me to how to be happy, to step back from my thoughts and feelings when I need to, and helped me to redirect my thoughts.
Meditation has been a difficult skill for me to learn. But it’s a gift that keeps on giving. I look forward to what I learn next.
I’m glad that I found the answers that I was looking for that unfortunately psychology alone couldn’t provide. Gratitude practice has been very helpful in the process of learning to be happy too.
My new journey is realising that diet and stomach issues have a large role in my anxiety. I’m going to have to be patient with myself and this process.