The Gift Of Love: Mettā Meditation

The Gift Of Love: Mettā Meditation

  • Posted by kaleigh
  • On February 2, 2018
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Hey there! It’s the Front YogaLoft here, and, boy, do we have a great present for you!!! Are you excited?!?! (Apparently we are. Just look at all those exclamation marks.) Happy Valentine’s Month! We got you the gift of L.O.V.E. And we’re not talking about the hot pink, sparkle, Hallmark/Hollywood variety. Negatory. This is the real deal; the kind of love that counts...

Mettā Meditation: Loving Kindness.

Ever heard of it? This Buddhist inspired meditation can be profoundly transformative when practiced consistently.

Here’s what to do: The meditation comes in 5 parts. Begin by sending love to yourself first (VERY important) and slowly work your way out to the whole world. Each section should take about 5 minutes. Ruminate. Marinate. Feel the love in your bones. The actual meditation is in italics and our commentary is in the parenthesis. Give it a try. Practice it every day for a week and see if you notice anything shift for the better. Happy LOVE month! We hope you get some! 😉

May I be . . .
free from hostility
free from disease
free from inner and outer distress
May I be peaceful and free

(For some us, loving ourselves can be the hardest thing to do. But, we have to do it. It’s a mandatory curriculum for a happy life. We can’t give from an empty cup. Can we love ourselves regardless of our imperfections or for where we feel we don’t measure up? Can we treat ourselves with loving kindness? And what would that look like? Here are some ideas: Go to bed early. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Drink more water. Pass on the junk food MOST of the time. Work hard and play hard. Say, “no” when you want to say “no.” Set some healthy boundaries. Keep the emotional vampires at bay. Spend more time doing things you love to do. Strive for your own personal development, but be gentle and patient about the process. Treat yourself. Because you’re worth it.)

May my family and close friends be . . .
free from hostility
free from disease
free from inner and outer distress
May my family and close friends be peaceful and free

(Why does it seem that those closest to us get the majority of our bad attitude? Is it because we think they have to love us regardless of our behavior? Well, they don’t have to, though they probably will, and bless their beating hearts for doing it. Be loving and tender to the people you love the most. They are your team and your support group. Love them up and save the grumpy-grandpa behavior for something inanimate. Cuss out your steering wheel on the drive home if you need to, but show love to the people who matter most.)

May all my acquaintances, even my enemies be . . .
free from hostility
free from disease
free from inner and outer distress
May all my acquaintances, even my enemies be peaceful and free

(If you haven’t tried to love your enemies then you haven’t lived, right? Geez… Talk about the ultimate schoolroom for life. The lessons you will learn as you make a consistent effort to be kind and compassionate to the people who annoy you or who have hurt you, while maintaining healthy boundaries for yourself, are priceless. Here’s a thought to ponder: If you can’t forgive your enemies, you’re probably not very good at forgiving yourself, as the way we relate to other people is a direct mirror for how we relate to ourselves. Be kind.)

May all beings everywhere, even those I have not met or will ever meet be . . .
free from hostility
free from disease
free from inner and outer distress
May all beings everywhere, even those I have not met or will ever meet be peaceful and free

(What about those “beingsevery where?” How about the ones we hear about on the news whose behavior is weaselly and crafty and who are seemingly attempting to turn the world into a little slice of Hell for us personally or collectively? What about them? Do we think it helps the situation to continue sending bad vibes across the country? Across the ocean? Energy is real. Einstein said so. Collective energy is strong. Here’s to getting 7.6 billion people on board the love train! Anything is possible, and it starts with just one person.)

May all beings be happy
May all beings know peace

(We as humans are not so different. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: We all want love. You’ve gotta give it to get it!)

LOVINGLY WRITTEN BY CHARLOTTE EVANS
YOGA INSTRUCTOR AT THE FRONT CLIMBING CLUB