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The Gift of Loving-Kindness

The Gift of Loving-Kindness
100 Meditations on Compassion, Generosity, and Forgiveness




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About the Book

Loving-kindness, the English translation of the Pali word metta, is defined as unconditional well-wishing and openhearted nurturing of ourselves and others, just as we are. By practicing loving-kindness, you can learn to treat yourself and others-even strangers-like dear friends, putting aside criticism and judgment and choosing instead to open your heart to greater generosity, forgiveness, and compassion.

While Buddha taught loving-kindness meditation as an antidote to fear, it can also quiet feelings of anger, judgment, and worry by helping you see the innate goodness within yourself and others. Whether used as part of a formal meditation practice or as daily mindfulness exercises, the 100 meditations in The Gift of Loving-Kindness make it easy to open your heart and share the seeds of loving-kindness with others.


Mary Brantley (Author)
Mary Brantley, MA, LMFT, teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and loving-kindness meditation at Duke Integrative Medicine. She participated in a seven-day professional training in MBSR under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and... Read more

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Tesilya Hanauer (Author)
Tesilya Hanauer, CMT, is a freelance writer and certified massage therapist. She received her massage training at Heartwood Institute in northern California, where she also studied Iyengar yoga. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Gift of Loving-Kindness skillfully guides us to train our minds and hearts in the practice of loving-kindness meditation. The meditative exercises in this book can spark one's journey into greater love and compassion or enrich it anywhere along the path. Combining internal reflection and mindful exploration of our heart's capacity, these pragmatic exercises open us to genuine transformation.
-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
Keep The Gift of Loving-Kindness on your bed table and let its wisdom guide you. This book offers a rich assortment of contemplations that will open and free your heart.
-Tara Branch, Buddhist teacher and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
Simply reading these words will awaken you. Actually doing even one of these practices could profoundly transform your life. I offer warm and deep thanks to the authors for blessing us with these hundred doorways to the deepest and best parts of ourselves as human beings.
-Jeffrey Brantley, MD, author of Calming Your Anxious Mind
Use this practical and heartfelt book to discover how to open your heart in any circumstance. New scientific evidence confirms that filling your heart with loving-kindness can broaden your mind and build your best possible future.
-Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., recipient of the Templeton Positive Psychology Prize

Perhaps the greatest power of loving-kindness meditation lies in its elegant simplicity. It is a gentle, easy-to-learn practice, yet its effects are profound, like a deep massage for the mind and soul. The authors present this ancient wisdom in a way that can soothe, deepen, and enrich our busy, modern lives.
-Rebecca Elliott, Ph.D., psychologist

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