Stephen Levine: Loving-Kindness Meditation (audio)

Here is an audio recording I made of the loving-kindness meditation that can be found in Stephen Levine’s book, Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings. The recording is about 21 minutes long. Sound quality isn’t great, but I hope some of you may find it useful. (I think I may need a better mic!)

Levine was a pioneer in using meditative practices to help those who are dying, chronically ill, and experiencing grief. My friend and teacher, Ezra Bayda, first came across Levine’s teachings when he was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disorder, and Levine’s emphasis on heart practices (especially loving-kindness) had a profound impact on Ezra’s whole approach to Zen (he’s only gone one day since then without doing the loving-kindness meditation, and he considers it one of the most important practices he does).