• Hello Leanne. I believe that prayer can be a type of meditation, and you can definitely have a prayer that is focused on loving kindness and good will for yourself and others. I love that you had a morning walk mantra. I will check out the YouTube video. Sending you lots of love and wishes for safety, happiness, health, and ease.

  1. Liz Gwynn

    I love this meditation idea! I can’t wait to try it. Recently I’ve been trying to incorporate some meditation into my life, but it feels hard to know where to start, and this seems simple enough.

    I think with the pandemic and being so isolated/feeling kinda stuck is really taking it’s toll on me. I feel cranky much more often than usual, so that’s what I’m hoping meditation can help me with. Just to take a minute to relax and appreciate being.

    • You are definitely not alone in feeling that way, Liz. I’m hoping that spring and coming out of the pandemic (hopefully–if we are wise about our approach) will help. In the meantime, I’ve found consistent meditation and mindfulness practices have brought me a sense of calm deep in my core, even when I am feeling ruffled on the surface and certainly a way to tap into that stillness when I need it most. The simplest, most basic meditation is to focus on your breathing and your experience in any given moment. What do you feel in your body? What are your thoughts–acknowledge them, don’t try to suppress them. What emotions are present? Always returning to your breathing. That is my amateur advice anyway. For now, know that I love you and I am sending you wishes for safety, happiness, health, and ease.

  2. Cindy

    I tried this, but need more practice. Even during the short mantra other names kept popping in my head, besides the one I chose. 😉

    • I laughed when I read this Cindy, because the same thing happens to me sometimes. It helps me focus if I choose someone who I know could use some extra love right now or maybe it’s someone’s birthday. Other times, I just roll with the chaos of my mind and switch up people with each phrase or bring them together! I guess we just want to love and bless everyone!

  3. I love this idea. I don’t meditate, but I do spend time in dedicated prayer each morning (well, most mornings). Interestingly, my prayers expand much the way your mediations do, in ever widening ripples. I begin with myself then close family then farther family and out to friends and others, the nation, the world.
    Your kind and gentle spirit is a refreshing inspiration, Christie.

    • I love this, Lisa. You are the second one to mention prayer. I believe prayer can be a mindfulness practice as well. And your prayer definitely sounds like a loving kindness meditation. Thank you for the kind words. May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you feel at ease.

  4. A yoga teach taught us this meditation with some arm movements that she said stretched all the muscles in our shoulders. I do the sequence a few mornings a week while I’m waiting for the coffee to brew. I’m pleased to see it here as I’ve never seen it elsewhere.

    • Combining this mediation with yoga sounds lovely, Ally. I learned the meditation for a mindfulness website a couple of years ago and have practiced it periodically since then. Today I wish you safety, happiness, health, and a feeling of ease.

  5. Hi Christie, I love the phrase “loving kindness” and it is a mantra I often carry with me. “Loving kindness for yourself” is a wonderful and important reminder. I greatly appreciate the four sentences/intentions. They say a great deal in few words. A wonderful and meaningful post, as always. Thank you.🙂

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