Lovingkindness

The human realm is said to be the realm of passion. Passion is what holds us together; confused passion is what entraps us, and transformed passion is what can liberate us. Although our passion is often tainted by the tendency to grasp or possess...

In his teachings on compassion, the Buddha encouraged us to develop “a mind so filled with love it resembles space.” Can you picture your mind being as limitless, unconstrained, free, and open as space? Spaciousness of mind and heart is a...

One day in late March I turned on the television looking for a weather report and happened upon Matt Lauer and the rest of the Today crew perched in front of the Vatican Palace in Rome, covering the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis. The...

Self-criticism, rumination, and thought suppression are frequently associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Bennett & Wells, 2010), as is depression (Krupnick et al., 2008). There is evidence that self-compassion is negatively...

Is it possible to live a life of engaged lovingkindness or to really love everyone? David Richo, a teacher and a psychotherapist known for...

Spiritual teacher and best-selling author of Power Yoga, Beryl Bender Birch discusses why the practice of focusing on yoga and breath changes your consciousness and cultivates lovingkindness at the Yoga Service Council Conference. Explore more...

We all have the seeds of love and compassion in our minds, and we can develop these fine and wonderful sources of energy. Vietnamese Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how.

Love is a mind that...

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