In a society that expects a quick “yes” to the question of self-love, let’s dive deeper into our true feelings.
Have you settled for less in relationships?
Have you tolerated ongoing disrespect from others?
Have you found yourself alone just for the sake of fun?
If you answered anything other than a resounding no to these questions and they’ve been weighing on your mind lately, it’s time for a transformative realization—you need more self-love.
Discover the Joy of Self-Love:
True self-love goes beyond surface-level acceptance. It flourishes when you make the intentional effort to explore and embrace your authentic self.
In a world that advocates for self-love, you’re likely familiar with various practices to show yourself some care.
But have you tried metta meditation? It’s another powerful routine for cultivating self-love.
Are you ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and truly love who you are?
The Meditation for Self-Love
Metta meditation is also known as Loving Kindness meditation.
“Metta,” in Sanskrit means positive energy and kindness toward others.
Therefore, metta meditation is also known as loving-kindness meditation.
In this practice, you choose a specific object of meditation and you hold that in your heart similar to how you would hold something fragile and precious in your hand.
Metta meditation is a concentration practice, which is why it’s all about the object of your meditation.
When you find yourself distracted in the middle of your meditation, you need to proactively snap out of it and come back to the object of your meditation.
In turn, you continue to let go of everything that comes up.
You might think that it’s challenging, but letting go of intrusive thoughts will provide you with valuable insights—
the thoughts that you hold onto.
The Technique of Metta Meditation
Since met meditation is all about developing positive emotions towards yourself and others, a common technique is the use of phrases to express your intentions.
Here are some traditional metta phrases you can use to kickstart your practice:
- “May I be healthy”
- “May I be safe”
- “May I be at ease and happy”
To use this technique, you can repeat these phrases to yourself without expecting anything.
You can always craft your own metta meditation phrases based on whatever you feel at that moment.
Do Metta Meditation Today
You don’t need any special tools to do a metta meditation. Here’s how you can do it:
- Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and take slow, deep breaths.
- Focus on your breathing for a few minutes.
- Choose a kind and positive phrase and slowly repeat it.
- Think about your friends and family or a specific person. Recite the phrase towards that person.
- Repeat the phrase until you feel compassionate feelings.
You can use visual imagery while reciting each phrase as well!
If you’re new to the practice, be patient with yourself.
Don’t expect instant results because this will set you up for failure.
You can experiment with the practice to find the best technique that suits you.
Perhaps, you are more comfortable doing it in a certain location or pose.
Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to experiment.
Are you ready to trust your capacity to love yourself and others?