If you’re landing on this page, you might be in a Private Coaching Program or an Online Course. You might also have just randomly landed on this page. Either way, welcome to The Loving Kindness Meditation by UC Berkeley 🙏
Sometimes referred to as LKM, Loving Kindness Meditation or ‘Metta’ meditation is a specific type of meditation called Compassion Meditation.
But Compassion Meditation is not some kind of fluffy meditation practice without proven scientific benefits. With the help of neuroscience, Compassion Meditation has been shown to stimulate different areas of the brain related to learning, decision making, rewards, positivity, and being eager to take action.
A traditional Compassion Meditation (LKM) has a format – you focus on you, then someone who cares about you, then a friend or family member, then someone neutral, then someone you dislike, then all beings. Personally, I find that most people prefer to start with someone who cares about them, and then move onto focus on themselves (the opposite of the conventional format), but it’s completely up to you.
To get an idea of how a Compassion Meditation is structured, check out one of my favourites from UC Berkeley.