Although 2020 is finally coming to its end, there is no denying the fact that the year has been extremely rough and stressing for our mental health. The year had, unknowingly, popped new ways for relatives and even strangers to trigger us or we can say, we have ended up becoming short tempered, thanks (not really) to this annoying year.
Stuck up at home, working or studying, people have been facing a lot of problems that are severely affecting their mental health. At home, almost all of us is trying to adjust to work-from-home, attend virtual meetings and see our loved ones on a screen instead of in person. When away from home, we are extra cautious and caught up by the fear of getting infected with coronavirus.
With the current situation looming around us, it is becoming almost impossible to practice kindness. As people are dealing with stressing situations all around, politeness and empathy seem a thing of the pre-COVID era.
While it is definitely impossible to control triggering behaviour of people around us, there are certain things that can help and motivate us for self-care. If we start practicing kindness on a regular basis, there are high chances that we will be able to make effective peace with the chaotic situations.
Let’s take a look at one of the widely used meditation practice, loving kindness meditation (LKM) and how it can help you in dealing with the current stress.
Donald Altman, a Portland, Ore., psychotherapist, former monk and author of “Simply Mindful: a 7-Week Course and Mental Handbook for Mindful Living,” learned the practice from a traditional Burmese Buddhist monk during his time in the monastery. He says loving kindness meditation (LKM) helps us recognize we are all fragile, we have all been hurt. “For that reason, we could all benefit from love’s warm and comforting blessing,” he says.
How to practice this meditation?
Sit relaxed in a quiet place with no disturbance at all.
Next, try to remember your favourite family member or any other human being who is sending you the healing words “May you be well, happy, and at peace; May you be free from pain, hunger, and suffering.”
After a few repetitions of the mantra, try to redirect the same towards yourself: “May I be well, happy, and at peace; May I be free from pain, hunger and suffering.”
At last, extend the same blessing to the all the living beings of the world, no matter they are related to you or not.
Therapists from across the globe have been witnessing positive outcomes from this mindful practice.
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