We all have a tendency to love our dear ones. Our knowledge and capability to show love helps us in communicating with everyone around us. However, has it ever occurred to you that your kindness and warmth should spread across all horizons and across all beings?
Love, kindness, and warmth keep us going in the hardest of times. Yet, we are not capable of loving everyone around us. We think we are the best version of ourselves, but we don’t realize that we could become better too. We can spread our love more, and this will bring back more love towards us. We can concentrate strongly on being a better person. This way, the world too, will be a better place. Metta meditation is a way of spreading your kindness to the world as much as you can.
The Two Paths Of Meditation
There are two main paths of meditation according to Buddhism:
In metta meditation, we tend to concentrate our minds with love and kindness for the world, while in vipassana meditation, we become more aware of our experiences and the changes in our experiences. Both are good in their own ways, and there is no preference over the other. Each of them have the same characteristics of impermanence(anicca), unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), and having no separate existence (anatta).
What Is Metta Meditation?
When we direct loving-kindness to ourselves, the feeling of love and kindness expands to people we love. Our feelings, as a result, expands to people towards whom we feel neutral as well. This expands towards people with whom we have
How Do You Practice Metta Meditation?
Unlike vipassana meditation, you do not focus on the ultimate nature of phenomena in metta meditation. Here, you choose a particular object of meditation, which is the metta phrase. This metta phrase could be “May I feel happy.” This phrase should be held as dearly and carefully as you hold any infant or any fragile, precious item. Distractions will inevitably arise as you think about the phrase. All you need to do is drop the distractions and keep cherishing the phrase, as that would be the object you have chosen. This choice of a particular object to focus on makes metta meditation is a practice of concentration.
Is Metta Meditation All About Concentration?
It has been observed that
What and How Do You Let Go?
While you practice metta meditation, you let your distractions go, i.e. the characteristics of anicca, dukkha, and anatta. The habit of letting these emotions go become easy, and you begin to understand the importance of your object. When you let go, you start finding wisdom, although you never expected to find it. Finally, you get a sense of non-separateness, which comes as you open your heart and become inclusive, rather than exclusive.
What Is Loving-Kindness?