“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!

Read on


Published by yogafreedom

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a yoga teacher and freelance writer, editor and translator, as well as the creator of Yoga Freedom. She is a 30-something gringa Gemini in Guatemala where she lives with her family. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found zen in California at 23. A native of Austin, Texas, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming and lounging in hammocks.

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