1. This practice exercise was very interesting. I found it easy to find love for someone else. I used the love I feel for my children and my husband in the first part of the loving-kindness practice. There were two parts I found difficult and that was letting a loved one's suffering dissolve in my heart without keeping those feelings. I also found it difficult to wish this same love on my enemies. I did it and felt better but I am a grudge holder. I have a difficult time forgiving certain things that are in my past. These are not trivial easy to forgive occurrences and I realize that this part of my history makes me who I am today, but I have difficulty forgiving the person responsible because they have not accepted responsibility for their actions.
2. A mental workout is learning to take care of yourself by becoming more resilient and aware of your ability to cope with stress. This is a quality very important to your health and well-being. Psychological health is taking care of your feelings thoughts, and making conscious efforts to become at peace with who you are. The research indicates this will give you holistic good health and change you to become more of who you want to be.