A Loving-Kindness Practice for Young Children

The expansive open-heartedness of loving-kindness and compassion practices is one of the greatest gifts we can offer our children.

In Metta Meditation we train in opening our hearts through the repetition of four heartfelt wishes that we send first to ourselves and then outward to an ever-expanding community, until we are able to hold the entire world in the loving-kindness of our attention. Even if we’ve never practiced Metta …

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Heartfelt Blessings at Bedtime

Each night I soothe my daughter to sleep with these blessings that are my personal version of the four heartfelt wishes of Metta Meditation.

At 4 years old it is the ritual of the loving attention that matters more than the content, but I like to think that as she gets older, the meaning of the words will take root in her spirit and send her into the world …

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Just Like Heaven

Every once and awhile I come across a book that begs to be read, re-read and shared. Just Like Heaven, by Patrick McDonnell, is a heart-warming story of appreciation and love that is a perfect way to keep the joys of gratitude flowing as we transition from Thanksgiving to the holiday season – a time when the frenzy of checking off all the boxes on our “to …

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