Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation

Experiential Learning Series

with Laura J. Collins

 Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

online & in person in Brevard

In Hebrew Scriptures, a word often used to describe the nature of God is hesed, usually translated as loving-kindness. The Dalai Lama has proclaimed, “My religion is kindness.” Most of us intend to be kind and yet find ourselves falling shorter of the goal than we would like.

In this three-week class on Tuesday evenings, we will practice Metta (loving-kindness) meditation, a Buddhist practice. Metta helps us intentionally offer kindness to ourselves, to those we know and love, to those who cause us grief, and to the world. Each week we will focus on an aspect of this style of meditation with prompts for conversation and journaling to invite us to notice where kindness is showing up in our lives or lacking. Homework to actively practice a variety of ways to express kindness will be given, and we will have a chance to discuss our observations about the practices.

Registration is $79 per person, and is now open at Eventbrite. All class materials are included with the registration fee. Indicate your desire to attend in person or online when you register. In-person attendance will be at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard. (If you wish, you can avoid Eventbrite’s extra fees by mailing us a check; click the registration link for details.)

Laura Collins is an ordained minister who served three Presbyterian congregations before moving to WNC, as well as serving Unity of The Blue Ridge and the Jubilee! Community in Asheville since moving here. Laura has worked in ministries with women in prostitution, men returning from prison, refugees, and at-risk youth, and has served as a chaplain in both hospice and trauma settings. In addition to her seminary education, she has trained in contemplative spirituality at The Shalem Institute, Movement Chaplaincy with the School of Global Citizenry, and Positive Psychology.

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kindness image by Erik Torres via Unsplash