Sacred and potentially life changing, loving-kindness practice dates back over 2,000 years to the time of the Buddha. The beauty of this practice lies in its simplicity and gentleness, yet it has the power to bring complex and latent emotions to the surface. Rather than trying to get rid of unpleasant or unwanted sensations, loving-kindness practice can offer protection and stability for you to examine and become aware of these difficulties within, bringing with it the ability to heal and let go.
According to the Metta Sutta (the original text written by the Buddha) loving-kindness is practiced in a specific way: we begin with what's easiest to rest our heart into, allowing us to grow the strength and resilience of the heart, and eventually move into more difficult and challenging territory.
This formal meditation practice can then be brought into daily life, tasks, activities, relationships, and a variety of situations and circumstances with a good deal of individual creativity. Over time, loving-kindness has the potential to slowly but effectively grow the compassion, confidence, and wisdom of the heart.
Join me in Loving-Kindness Practice at Unfold Portland — a 6-week immersion of the heart. This workshop has sold out for two years in a row. Mark your calendars for next January… this one is only offered once per year: http://www.carolgrimesyoga.org/special-events/