Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - loving kindness

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Qualities cultivated by yoga - loving kindness'-on my YouTube Channel.

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In Buddhism loving kindness is one of the four Brahmaviharas or 'divine abodes' along with compassion, joy and equanimity which we will cultivate in another video. Loving kindness requires an open heart and is not always easy. If however, we recognise that each of us has the divine light within us, it becomes easier to extend loving kindness to even people who are not kind to us.  When someone is less than kind to you there is probably an underlying fear, worry, or anxiety that you are unaware of. Thinking in these terms, your heart softens towards that person.  

Every day provides us with opportunities to perform small acts of loving kindness to family, friends and strangers. These do not only benefit the recipient but you will find that they increase your own happiness also.  

Our yoga practice is one of heart openers including Puppy pose which is often called 'melting heart' pose - allowing our hearts to melt is often what we need to do to in order to cultivate loving kindness.  

If you would like to practice metta, loving kindness meditation on my You Tube Channel the link is 'Loving Kindness Meditation'.  On the video above however is a meditation on loving kindness based on my own experience.  

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