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The Lovingkindness Blessing


The Lovingkindness Blessing is a traditional Buddhist prayer that can be spoken for oneself and for others.  As a daily prayer, the blessing creates a sense of tranquility, acceptance and peace and calls for the attainment of one's highest potential in order to spread healing and love to the world.
 
This blessing is very effective during times of anxiety, fear and anger and can help foster a positive attitude and mindset when spoken for oneself.
 
As a prayer for others, the blessing generates compassion and understanding while encouraging others to be a source of healing for this world.
 
Memorize this simple prayer and you can use it every day to help you in various situations.  Read a story about my use of the Lovingkindness Blessing while dealing with an angry family member of a hospice patient (CLICK HERE to read the story "Lovingkindness" now or go to the Library to read it later.)
 
The two forms of the blessing (first and second person) are presented here.  This is the version I have learned, though there are several other variations of the blessing.
 
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May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I realize the beauty of my own true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for this world. 
 
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May you be at peace.
May your heart remain open.
May you realize the beauty of your own true nature.
May you be healed.
May you be a source of healing for this world.
 
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Copyright ©2010 Karen Wyatt, MD

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