6. Try "loving kindness meditation." This practice from the Buddhist tradition helps to sow the seeds of compassion. Start by sitting quietly, then offer the following phrases to yourself: May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be safe. May I live with ease. Repeat several times, then switch the I to You, and bring others to mind, one at a time. The list may include a mentor or friend who has helped you; a loved one going through hard times; a neighbor or anyone you don't have strong feelings about; a colleague or family member who drives you crazy; and finally, all people and creatures everywhere. This is a profound practice. Just saying the phrases is sufficient — you don't need to stir up emotion to accompany them.
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