The practice of Metta, or loving-kindness, is a powerful meditation that heals agitated minds with the development of goodwill toward ourselves and others. Of great therapeutic benefit, Metta relieves our stressful thought patterns, and can result in immediate improvements in well-being. The goal of Metta practice is to free our natural feelings of benevolence from their limited confines. We start by directing goodwill to ourselves. If we cannot summon loving-kindness easily for ourselves, we’ll never feel true compassion for other beings. Loving-kindness and goodwill conditioned by agendas or expectations aren’t deeply beneficial. In Metta, one works to develop feelings of ease and love, which nourish and sustain our world.
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