Exploring Metta Meditation

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As we approach May 1st and the beginning of our journey into May Is For Metta 2013, I wanted to share this post from last year which is a good introduction to Metta Meditation. For info on this year’s May Is For Metta, check out Coming Soon To A Cushion Near You – May Is For Metta 2013.  You can also join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theheartofawakening.

The Heart of Awakening

“If there is love, there is hope that one may have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace.  If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have, only suffering and confusion will ensue.”
H.H. Dalai Lama

Metta meditation is a foundational practice in some Buddhist traditions.  The word Metta is referenced in several different Suttas or discourses; it is often associated with the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.  Metta is considered one of the Four Immeasurables or Brahma Viharas which include: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity.  It is said to help facilitate awakening, open-heartedness and the spirit of generosity as well as support the development of meditative concentration.

In English, Metta is translated as loving-kindness.  According to the Buddha’s teachings, this loving-kindness has two aspects, one negative and…

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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 http://www.bethterrence.com.

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