17.

 

Loving Kindness // Metta

Metta meditation is of care, concern, tenderness and loving kindness, a feeling of warmth for not only yourself, but those around you.

The practice is the softening of the mind and heart, an opening to deeper and deeper levels of the feeling of kindness and of pure love. 

Metta meditation introduces an element of opening the heart and focusing on developing feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards others.  It is not an obligation, it comes from a selfless place. It does not depend on relationships, or how the other person feels about us. 

The process is of softening, breaking down barriers that we feel inwardly toward ourselves, and then recognising the barriers of those that we feel toward others.