February is recognized as the month of love. This year at Shanti we’re inviting you to strengthen your loving-kindness and compassion muscles by joining us in a 14 day challenge to practice the Maitri (loving-kindness) Meditation.
Every day at noon starting February 1 we will make a maitri post on facebook to help guide you through this very short meditation offering a prayer of love and compassion to yourself and the world around you.
This is an ancient contemplative practice born out of the Buddhist tradition and practiced by millions of people around the world on a daily basis.
There are a variety of versions of this meditation that only takes a few minutes a day. Above is depiction of one of my favourites with four simple phrases we invite you to repeat mentally in meditation 5 times dedicating each recitation to:
- Someone you love deeply (ie. a partner, child or friend or family member)
- Someone you are acquainted with (ie. neighbour, colleague, stranger)
- Someone you are having difficulty with
- Your community and the world
For a guided version of this meditation, please click on the video or recording below.
We hope you choose to join us in this community practice on-line or at the studio and feel for yourself the powerful difference this practice can make in your life and your relationships.
As an added bonus, for those of you who tune-into our facebook page daily and like our maitri post, your name will be entered to win a Chakra Balancing Massage or Ayurvedic Facial with our Ayurvedic Body Therapist Melika Baccouche.