"Love yourself. Then forget it. Then love the world." -Mary Oliver
The benefits of the practice of loving kindness meditation are difficult to fully quantify. Research has shown it quiets our inner critic, helps soothe chronic pain and illness, increases a whole host of positive emotions, improves the functioning of our nervous systems, and the even slows the aging process.
All of these have been benefits in my life from this practice but most fundamentally, it has changed the way I relate to myself, my pain, and my ability to tap into empathy and compassion. It has rippled out, creating joy, meaning, and gratitude, allowing me to feel a sense of safety and bringing in my humanity. If you're curious about this practice, click on the link in my bio which (vulnerability alert) will take you to a video of me where you can do loving kindness practice right along with me!