In the spirit of boosting immunity and general wellbeing for all, I have recorded a Loving Kindness meditation for you. One sure way of enhancing good health is by stimulating oxytocin the hormone of love. The thymus gland, which lives near the heart, is what is responsible for producing cells that ward off any unwanted invaders in the system, so by stimulating the heart this really helps. Oxytocin is what makes us feel good and melt a little. A simple loving hug for as little as 20 seconds stimulates oxytocin. Hugging and talking kindly to ourselves and others, boosts immunity, decreases stress, relaxes your muscles, improves your relationships and makes you feel safe.
The loving kindness meditation is from the buddhist tradition. This meditation helps to soften our attitudes to ourselves, towards life and is a great practice when you want to heal a relationship with someone else. To really send them loving kindness.
There are 5 basic categories of loving kindness meditation.
Having loving kindness towards you, sending yourself, showering yourself with loving kindness, letting go of perfectionism, inner critic, and judgements. Starting to recondition that inner voice.
Loving kindness towards a friend, someone you love, a mentor - and it’s easy to feel because you are already sending them love and kindness.
Loving Kindness to a neutral person, someone you may see daily or during the week but don’t have a relationship with. That could be the person who serves you in the local shop, the person you see at the bus stop, the barrister, waitress. You don’t know them well but you recognise them, they are in your field. Sending loving kindness to a neutral person.
Loving Kindness to a difficult person in your life, someone who you may feel anger or resentment towards. A person who has triggered you. Could be a work colleague, an ex partner, family member a famous person. There is fuel and fire when you think of them. So loving kindness is a way we can transmute that fiery energy and still see them as a valuable loving person and wish them well and Send them loving kindness wish them peace.
Loving Kindness to all sentient beings, animals, plants, people, spreading loving kindness all all-round – expanding awareness to all beings – may all beings be happy, may all beings be free, may all beings be at peace.