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Loving Kindness Meditation Practice: Blessings to All Beings

1. Preparation:

  • Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Sit comfortably on a cushion, chair, or floor with your spine straight.
  • Close your eyes gently and take a few deep breaths, allowing yourself to settle into the present moment.

2. Cultivating Presence:

  • Begin by bringing your attention to the sensation of the breath. Feel the rise and fall of the chest or the sensation of air passing through the nostrils.
  • After a few minutes, shift your focus from the breath to the heart center (middle of the chest). Envision it as a radiant source of light or warmth.

3. Generating Loving-Kindness for Yourself:

  • Silently recite the following phrases, directing them towards yourself. Feel the intention behind each word:
    • “May I be safe.”
    • “May I be happy.”
    • “May I be healthy.”
    • “May I live with ease.”
  • As you say these phrases, visualize yourself receiving these blessings. Feel the sensations associated with each affirmation, whether it’s warmth, comfort, or another sensation.

4. Extending Loving-Kindness to Loved Ones:

  • Bring to mind someone you love deeply. It could be a family member, friend, or even a pet.
  • Silently recite the same phrases for them:
    • “May you be safe.”
    • “May you be happy.”
    • “May you be healthy.”
    • “May you live with ease.”
  • Visualize this loved one basking in the glow of your Metta, feeling protected, joyful, and at peace.

5. Extending Loving-Kindness to Neutral Beings:

  • Now, bring to mind someone neutral – someone you neither like nor dislike. It could be a cashier, a neighbor you barely speak to, or someone you saw on the street.
  • Repeat the same phrases for this individual, truly wishing them well.

6. Extending Loving-Kindness to Difficult People:

  • Think of someone with whom you currently have challenges. Holding them in your mind’s eye, offer them the same Metta phrases. (Note: If this feels too challenging initially, you can skip this step and return to it when you’re ready.)

7. Radiating Loving-Kindness to All Beings:

  • Imagine your Metta as a radiant light emanating from your heart. Allow this light to expand, enveloping your home, your city, and then the entire world.
  • Silently recite:
    • “May all beings be safe.”
    • “May all beings be happy.”
    • “May all beings be healthy.”
    • “May all beings live with ease.”
  • Allow this energy to touch every living being – humans, animals, plants, and all sentient beings.

8. Concluding the Meditation:

  • Slowly bring your awareness back to your physical surroundings. Gently wiggle your fingers and toes.
  • Rub your palms together, generating warmth, and place them over your eyes. Slowly open your eyes into the palms, and then remove your hands.
  • Take a moment to express gratitude for the practice and set an intention to carry this Metta with you throughout the day.

Note: Remember, as with any practice, consistency is key. Regularly practicing Metta meditation not only benefits you but ripples out into the world, making a profound difference in the collective consciousness.

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