“Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!”
~ The Metta Sutra
Metta means loving-kindness. It’s also a simple yet transformational practice of well-wishing taught by the Buddha.
It is a way of opening our hearts and letting love and kindness pour in for ourselves, our loved ones, our wider community members, the difficult people in our lives and ultimately all beings.
It may seem idealistic, silly or difficult at first, but with practice metta can transform your life. A daily dose of metta does a spirit good.
I’ve been practicing metta (not every day) for 11 years. I learned the ancient Buddhist practice from a New Yorker in a conference center in northern California. I’ve since read about it in books by the likes of Pema Chodron and the Dalai Lama.
Over the years, I have found metta to become second nature. I wish goodness for all. I do not wish harm upon anyone. I’m sure a lot of readers out there already know about metta, but are you practicing it regularly? Are you experiencing its value and benefits?
May has 31 days, so here are 31 daily aspirations to guide your metta meditation practice for the month. May they be of benefit!