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    Hello, please explain the following in basic speak please?
    Loving kindness

    These words pop up all the time but I’m getting confused on how to use them in everyday life ?
    Thanking you

    Buddhist Wife

    Hello Trixie,

    Those are big words and they cover very large concepts. They also mean different things to different people because they are used across a variety of different spiritual traditions and faiths.

    However the easiest way to explain it is like this,

    Mindfulness = This can refer to – an attitude of being aware of your surroundings and what is happening in the present moment
    – being aware of your thoughts and how they effect you
    – a type of meditation which encompasses one or all of the above.

    Attachment = This generally means being emotionally connected to an object, person a situation or an outcome. In most Buddhist traditions attachments are seen as negative and a hindrance to spiritual progression. This is because when our attachment is challenged, either because a person or object leaves or a situation changes, we experience emotional pain. Attachment is not the same as love, so avoiding attachment should not be seen as avoiding all relationships.

    Loving Kindness = This is closely tied to compassion. Loving kindness isn’t like loving in a romantic sense. In an ideal world an attitude of loving kindness doesn’t expect anything in return. Loving Kindness can be used to a type of meditation which is used to generate compassion towards all living beings.

    I hope that helps.

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