Metta Meditations are foundational mindfulness practices that help us to develop self-compassion, and hence greater compassion for others. They are sometimes called “Loving Kindness” or “Love” Meditations.
Self-compassion enables us to look at ourselves with less self-judgement, more kindness, and more care. This softening of our inner critic enables us to see and understand ourselves more clearly, to soften towards ourselves, and therefore become more open to new ways of thinking and acting that can transform our unhappiness.
Metta meditations also help us to become more compassionate towards other people, by the self-compassion spilling over into a deeper understanding and therefore compassion towards others.
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