The cultivation of loving-kindness (mettā bhāvanā) is a popular form of meditation in Buddhism. In the Theravadin Buddhist tradition, this practice begins with the meditator cultivating loving-kindness towards themselves, then their loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this practice is associated with tonglen (cf.), whereby one breathes out (“sends”) happiness and breathes in (“receives”) suffering. Tibetan Buddhists also practice contemplation of the Brahmavihāras, also called the four immeasurables, which they sometimes call ‘compassion meditation’

“Compassion meditation” is a contemporary scientific field that demonstrates the efficacy of metta and related meditative practices.

This concept has resonated with me for some time now, and I am happy to have this notion as part of my work.  I believe happiness stems from a balanced state of well-being, thus enabling a person to have a strong base in life from a good foundation to fully potentiate life energy (chi).  With proper nutrition, play, and body care, our realities and world may enjoy a sound state of existence.

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