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.