Loving Kindness And Your Brain Health

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At The Lotus School, students are encouraged to practice not just mindfulness but loving-kindness too.  We know that mindfulness helps students focus, but there is a school of thought that loving-kindness can help with brain health.  Loving-kindness involves bringing to mind someone you love, and wishing that they are safe, well, and happy – either out loud or to yourself.

The practice continues by extending these well wishes outward to those around you: maybe a more neutral party, or even a difficult person in your life.  Repeating these phrases feels good in the moment, but they can also have long-term effects on our brains that stick with us after we’ve finished meditating.

Here’s a link to a great article and video at mindful.org that goes into more detail about the benefits of practicing loving-kindness.