I personally use a strategy called the Loving Kindness Meditation that has several benefits you might appreciate as we face these challenging times.
Decreases your bias towards others
But wait - there are even more benefits.
Research shows that Loving Kindness Meditation has tremendous benefits from greater well-being to providing relief from illness and improving emotional intelligence.
Increases positive emotions and decreases negative emotions
Decreases chronic pain
Activates empathy and emotional processing in the brain
Increases gray matter volume
Slows biological aging
Makes you a more helpful person
Increases social connection
Since Loving Kindness Meditation appears to be some powerful “medicine” we could all use right now, I made a video of the strategy so you can practice along with it to start receiving some of those benefits.
Plus I am including a musical version from Karen Drucker to further deepen your experience.
The music you play helps to relax your mind, takes away stress, and replaces resentment and frustration with empathy and compassion.
Hope these tools are useful for you right now. What strategies are you using to enhance your capacity for compassion toward others, even those you disagree with!
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