The Practice of Loving-Kindness


Metta (Pali) or maitra (Sanskrit) has been translated as “loving-kindness”, friendliness, benevolence, amity, friendship, good will, sympathy, “active interest in others.” The cultivation of “metta” is a popular form of meditation in Buddhism.

The object of metta meditation is to experience loving kindness in its pure form (love without attachment). Traditionally, the practice begins with the meditator cultivating loving kindness towards themselves, then their loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings.

Followers of Buddhism believe that those who cultivate metta will be at ease because they see no need to harbour ill will or hostility. It is also known that Buddhist teachers may even recommend metta meditation as an antidote to insomnia and nightmares. It is generally felt that those around a “metta-full” person will feel more comfortable and happy too. Radiating metta is thought to contribute to a world of love, peace and happiness.

What does all this mean? It means that when we allow our innate energy of Goodwill and Kindliness to emerge and consciously feel it, embrace it and be taken by it we merge with the Creative Field. Words are limited to describe the feeling this experience introduces. Have you tried it yet? Tap into your own benevolence within and swim in this blanket of energy feeling blissful while bringing restoration to the being on every level.

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