Day 30 of May is for Metta 2012: Becoming A Beacon of Loving-kindness


Day 30

“Love and peace are qualities we cultivate through the choices we make.  It is up to each of us to make this choice of our own accord and equally our opportunity to share this energy from within.  No one can do it for us.  So if you wish to see how much love and peace is growing on the planet… be that love and peace and you will begin to notice it all around you.  In fact, you will become a part of the very process itself and others will come to know you for this energy in action.

Peace is not a static state as many may think.  In reality it is a very dynamic energy that moves in where strife and chaos attempt to control and tempers these situations so that all can be balanced naturally.  Love is the same way.  When we choose to love unconditionally, we bring the highest potential into every situation and heal generations of conflict… simply by letting go and loving all involved, including ourselves.” – Harold W. Becker

Yesterday, we explored incorporating the directions into our practice for All Beings.  Today, explore carrying the energy of Metta, loving-kindness with you wherever you go.  Feel yourself radiating the energy of loving-kindness and compassion out to the people and places around you.  Imagine you are a beacon for loving-kindness and as you move about this energy is radiated in all directions.  You may use the phrases if you feel to – for a specific person, place or group, or even for the whole world.  Or, you may just wish to extend the energy or quality of loving-kindness and compassion out to others and the world.  This is a quality you now know well.  You know how to cultivate it within yourself through your practice; this is the foundation for extending Metta to others.  Today is an opportunity to carry that with you more fully into your life and the world.

Continue with your sitting practice for all of the categories or the ones you choose.  If there was a certain category you struggled with, you may wish to spend some time with that category and explore what thoughts and feelings arise as you practice.

Daily Practice: Do your foundational practices.  Find a quiet place and a comfortable position.  Set an intention for your practice.  Imagine yourself in a circle of loving beings or enveloped in the feeling of loving-kindness; remember a time when you felt held in unconditional love.  Begin your practice by offering the Metta phrases for yourself:

  • May I be happy.
  • May I be peaceful.
  • May I be free of suffering.
  • May I have ease of well-being.

When you feel ready to move on, come back to your own heart center and the feeling of loving-kindness within.  Move on to practicing for all of the categories or the ones you have chosen for today.  As you begin, say, “Just as I wish to be peaceful and happy, so does this being wish to have inner peace and joy.”   Repeat the phrases for each category you are working with:

  • May you be happy.
  • May you be peaceful.
  • May you be free from suffering.
  • May you have ease of well-being.

As you become distracted or difficult feelings arise, use the Switchback, returning the practice to yourself until a sense of calm returns.  When you feel ready, return the practice to where you left off or move on to the next category.   To complete your practice, return yourself to your circle of loving beings or envision yourself enveloped in the energy of loving-kindness and compassion.  Really allow that feeling to sink into you, let every atom and cell of your being be filled with the energy of loving-kindness and compassion.

Take a few moments to reflect on your practice.  Think of all the beings you have practiced for today and over the last month.  Ask that the merit of your practice be for the benefit of all beings knowing that in sharing this merit, you, too are receiving immense benefit.

Journal Notes: What have you noticed during your exploration of Metta?  Are you planning to continue with Metta?  What other practices would you like to explore?  Have you taken time to honor yourself for your efforts?  If so, how did that feel?  If not, what is stopping you?  Have you explored journaling as a way to uncover thoughts, patterns and beliefs, which you may be holding that are no longer serving you?  Now may be a good time to explore this.

I honor each of you for your willingness to deepen into loving-kindness and compassion.

May you have a peaceful and happy day.


Tomorrow will be the last official day of May is for Metta 2012.  I will be sharing some suggestions for continued practice, a recommended reading list and some ways to stay connected to our virtual sangha.  Although I offer May is for Metta during the month of May, remember you can practice anytime, anywhere.

I am happy to be announcing that I will be releasing a May is for Metta Audio Program on June 11.  I will be posting more information over the next two weeks.  If you are interested in this program and would like to receive a free Introductory mp3 audio, you are invited to sign up for my Email List.  I send out my Latest News & Transformational Tips 3 – 4 times per month.  This mailing includes articles, event updates and a Transformational Tip which offers you a practical tool to support your evolution and well-being.  If you prefer, you can choose to only receive information regarding May is for Metta related events and offerings.  Also, I am planning to offer some other guided practices via The Heart of Awakening.  You can stay connected here by following this blog; there is a sign up box on the top right column.

Additionally, starting on June 25th, I will be offering a 4-week Teleclass – Love Yourself, Live Your Life: Moving Beyond Self-Criticism, Shame & Doubt.   This will be a way to deepen your exploration of loving-kindness and compassion for yourself.  For more information on these offerings or to learn more about Transformational Resources for Individuals and Organizations, visit my website,

As we are nearing the end of this month’s journey together, I would love to hear how your exploration has been going.  Feel free to share your thoughts, reflections and feelings.  Also, if there are any suggestions or ideas for future offerings, please feel free to share those as well.


About Beth Terrence

Beth Terrence is a Shaman, Facilitator, Holistic Practitioner, Speaker and Writer. With over seventeen years of experience in field of transformation and holistic health, she is a leader in providing Integrative Transformational Healing Programs For Individuals, Groups & Organization. The focus of Beth's work is to facilitate deep transformational healing, assisting her clients in living a more heart-centered, balanced and joyful life through discovering the healer within. Beth offers online transformational resources through her blog, The Heart of Awakening: Searching for a New Paradigm. She is also an author and facilitator for Heal My Voice, an international organization that helps women to heal, grow and step into greater leadership through writing and sharing their stories. To learn more about sessions, programs, teleseminars and other news, visit

2 responses »

  1. “The fragrance clings to the hand who gives the rose”. (Chinese proverb) Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves as well as others (both nature and pets) who share this planetary space. May loving compassion find a permanent safe place in all of our hearts!

    • Hi, Kim. Thanks for your lovely note. I love that proverb and appreciate your continued interaction throughout May is for Metta. Your insight and sharing has helped to deepen the experience. And, joining in you wish for our compassion to find a place to dwell with us always wherever we go!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s