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Loving Kindness - I:Using Mindfulness to Navigate Turbulent Times

What we’ll coverWhat is aflexitariandiet?Does aflexitariandiet work?How do I getstarted?Summer Meyer, BA, LMTCertified Health Coach

What we’ll coverAl ParikhMindfulness Coach Project Manager at PeaceHealthLongtime practitioner and coach of mindfulnessBegan in 1991 at a retreat outside MumbaiCoaching since 2013, esp. in workplaceWhat is aflexitariandiet?Does aflexitariandiet work?How do I getstarted?

What we’ll coverWhat is aflexitarianWhatdiet?is aflexitariandiet?WhatDoesis Mindfulness?a How do I getflexitarianMindfulness is the basic human abilitystartedto be fullyDoesadietawarework?present,of where we are andHowwhat we’redo doing,I getand notoverly reactive or overwhelmed by what’sflexitarianstarted?going on around us or inside us.diet work?

Types of Mindfulness PracticesThere are many amazing objects to usefor mindfulness practice. Breath Body Thoughts Emotions Mind StatesPractices to complement and extendmindfulness: Loving Kindness Tonglen

What we’ll coverWhat is aflexitarianWhatdiet?is aflexitariandiet?What is LovingKindness?Does a How do I getflexitarianstartedLoving Kindness is a quality of the heartthatadietDoeswork?simplywisheswell to all beings withoutHow do I getseekinganything back in return.flexitarianstarted?diet work?Loving Kindness practice is the cultivation of asteady, unconditional sense of connection thattouches all beings without exception, includingourselves.

4 Recipients of Loving Kindness Practice Loving Kindness for Loved Ones and Benefactors Loving Kindness for Oneself Loving Kindness for Neutral Persons Loving Kindness for a Hostile Person or a Person who has hurt orharmed us.

Dynamics of Loving Kindness practice Three phrases will be used for this practice: May you name be happy May you name be peaceful May you name live with ease Synchronize the practice with your breath: While inhaling say "May you name be" While exhaling say "happy" Call to mind a loved one or a benefactor. It could be your partner, your parents, your children,your grandchildren or even your pet. Consciously expand the tender feeling in your heart that arises as you use these phrases foryour loved one or benefactor, wishing for your loved one or benefactor what you wish for yourself Then, bring to mind ALL the people whom you have ever loved and cared for in any role orcapacity Use loving kindness phrases for all of them, wishing for all of them what you wish for yourself

Guided Loving Kindness Practice15 minutes

Loving Kindness and Mindfulness Loving Kindness extends and supports the practice ofmindfulness externally. When we are fully loving, we are fully mindful. When we are fullymindful, we are fully loving. These troubled and turbulent times can evoke fear, frustration,confusion and grief in us. Loving Kindness can allow us to comehome to feelings of safety, security, connection and hope. Loving Kindness can remove fear and negative reactivity from ourminds whenever it becomes necessary to reduce conflict andhatred that engulfs us.

Benefits of Loving Kindness Practice Loving kindness can dissolve past aversive experiences because it focuses on the inherentgoodness in people. Loving Kindness increases positive emotions & decreases negative emotions (1) Loving Kindness decreases chronic pain (2) Loving Kindness decreases PTSD (3) Loving Kindness decreases Telomere length – a biological marker of aging (4)(1) Open Hearts Build Lives: Positive Emotions, Induced Through Loving-Kindness Meditation, Build Consequential PersonalResources. Fredrickson, Cohn, et al., published online Nov 2008, US National Library of Medicine, NIH, PMCID: PMC3156028(2) Loving-kindness Meditation for Chronic Low Back Pain: Results From a Pilot Trial. Carson, Keefe, et al., published online Sep 2005, USNational Library of Medicine, NIH, PMID: 16049118(3) Loving-kindness Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study. Kearney, Malte, et al., published online Aug 2013, USNational Library of Medicine, NIH, PMID: 23893519(4) Loving-Kindness Meditation Practice Associated With Longer Telomeres in Women. Hoge, Chen, et al., published online Aug2013, US National Library of Medicine, NIH, PMID: 23602876

Book Reference

Post-practice session Do you have questions? How would you describe your experience with the practice?

Recording Presentation slides Other resources at hy-you/webinar-mindfulness-loving-kindness-1

Kindness? Loving Kindness is a quality of the heart that simply wishes well to all beings without seeking anything back in return. Loving Kindness practice is the cultivation of a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including ourselves.

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