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Loving-Kindness Meditation with My Favorite PhrasesForfatter: Sophie Grace Meditations Oplæser: Sophie Påhlsson Lydbog
A loving-kindness meditation is usually built around three or four well-wishes that you repeat to different recipients. It may be that you wish them good health, that they will be safe, happy, loved, etc. In Loving-Kindness Meditation with My Favorite Phrases, Sophie Grace Meditations shows that only your imagination sets the limit for how to shape the mantra the meditation is built on. She has chosen four phrases that make her personally feel really good. Instead of saying “May you be…” as the custom is, she has chosen to say “May youfeel…,” since you may be loved and safe and still not be able to feel or understand that you are. You start by directing the well-wishes to yourself, then to someone you care about, then to someone you do not know very well, and then to every sentient being on this earth, thinking of everyone as a collective—including yourself.
Loving-kindness, ormetta bhavana, is originally a Buddhist meditation technique, but when listening to it you will not find it religious in any way. It will feel more like an exercise for practicing and cultivating empathy and kindness. Over the last few years, science has found that there are many mental and physical benefits from regularly practicing loving-kindness meditation—even for just a few weeks. The reason may be that feeling a sense of connection with others is important to our health and wellbeing.
The English edition is based on the second edition in Swedish.
Sophie Påhlsson, the person behind Sophie Grace Meditations, is a Swedish meditation instructor from the southwestern part of the country. She started writing guided meditations for personal use because she found that the market in Sweden lacked the content she wanted to listen to, like guided imagery meditations and relaxation exercises without excess information that you can use time and time again.
Since Sophie Grace Meditations released her first products, they have collectively been streamed and bought over one million times. Titles in English and Swedish are always narrated by Påhlsson herself. When titles are released in other languages, a professional voiceover artist lends her voice to the Sophie Grace Meditations brand.