I recently came across a daily prayer book in my pile of such books and within it found this beautiful Metta Meditations practice. I wanted to share it and hope you might share it also. It fits in nicely with the Daily Prayer and Meditation group I started–a good prayer to use in those “meetings.”
The Buddha, which means the “Awakened One” left a set of spiritual practices for people to follow. These practices are the fulfillment of the Judeo-Christian principle: “Love the Lord God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind and love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Metta meditation is a type of Buddhist meditation. In Pali — a language that’s closely related to Sanskrit and spoken in northern India — “metta” means positive energy and kindness toward others. The practice is also known as loving-kindness meditation.Healthline.com
Try this Metta Meditations Practice
This is from the previously mentioned daily prayer book, Pocketful of Miracles, by Joan Borysenko.
- Set the stage by taking a few letting-go breaths.
- Imagine the light and love of the Divine/God/Spirit pouring over you, washing through you, extending beyond you.
- See yourself totally enclosed in an egg of light
- Repeat the lovingkindness blessings
- Progress through the levels as desired, expanding the egg of light to include the “others” and the planet
May I be at peace, May my heart remain open, May I awaken to the light of my own true nature, May I be healed, May I be a source o healing for all beings.
For loved ones
May you be at peace, May your heart remain open, May you awaken to the light of your own true nature, May you be healed, May you be a source of healing for all beings.
For those that are a little or a lot hard to love
May you be at peace, May your heart remain open, May you awaken to the light of your own true nature, May you be healed, May you be a source of healing for all beings
For the world
May there be peace on earth, May the hearts of all people be open to themselves and to each other, May all people awaken to the light of their own true nature, May all creation be blessed and be a blessing to All That Is.
Let it be
One suggestion that you can use, if desired, is replacing the word “may” with the word “let.” I remember Emilie Cady talking about “speaking the word” one time and this is the phrasing she used. ” Let there be. Let the hearts open. Doesn’t work smoothly for all of the phrases, but you can figure it out. 🙂
Lovingkindness is what we need
The world is full of individuals and groups that could use a bit more lovingkindness, to be sure. 💗 Social and political activism have their place. So does a spiritual approach such as the one just presented! Pass it along!