Loving-Kindness for the Difficult People in Your Life

With loving-kindness meditation, we can learn to respond with love (rather than react in frustration) to those who stress us out or anger us.

So, last time we worked on sending love to our loved ones through our breath. This week we’re going to do a loving-kindness practice for the challenging people in our lives.

Managing how we deal with the people who stress us out or make us angry is no easy task. But as we’ve learned, it’s possible to use the breath as a tool. We can also depend on loving-kindness practice to serve as a kind of release for that stress and anger, too. These approaches can help us respondto people instead of reactto them. And when we’re responding versus reacting, we have a lot more choices at our disposal. 

Loving-Kindness Meditation for the Difficult People in Your Life Watch the video: Listen to the practice:   Loving-Kindness for the Difficult People in Your Life 7:24 Read the practice:

1. Get into a comfortable upright position with our back, head and neck aligned and our feet grounded. And if it feels right, feel free to close your eyes. 

2. Begin to breathe in and out through your nose. Let’s inhale long, slow and deep through the nose, filling our stomachs with air. And then exhale, pushing all that air out. Squeeze your stomach in…


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Atman Smith

Atman is a co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation. He served as Director of Youth Programming for ten years, Director of Fundraising for five years, and currently serves as the Director of Development. Since 2001, he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges.