Loving Kindness is something that is easy for those we deeply care for, but more challenging for difficult relationships. Our feelings toward others have an impact on our state of mind and how we perceive and react to the world around us. There are times when a loved one is ill and we need a way to get some relief from worry and fear.
Whatever the situation, Loving Kindness is the antidote for all relationships, good or bad.
It needs to be cultivated and the practice of Metta is one powerful practice to help. Metta means friend and gentle, and the practice embodies them both.
It is a meditation that consists of repeating a series of simple phrases with as much presence as possible. There are many phrases that can be used. The key is that you begin with yourself. It is hard to wish for others what you do not want for yourself.
Here are some phrases you can begin with or you can find others that you like better.
- May I (he, she or they) be happy.
- May I (he, she or they) know peace.
- May I (he, she or they) be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.
- May I (he, she or they) be free from suffering.
Try this every day for a few minutes and let me know in the comments below how it works.