It wasn’t until last year that I really came to the awareness of how fitting it is that Mother’s Day falls in May and at the same time as the May Is For Metta practice. As we explored earlier on, Buddha described the feeling of Metta to be like the unconditional love of a Mother for her child.
For some folks that feeling is easier to connect with than others. This Mother’s Day is an opportunity to explore that feeling in relationship to the “mothers” in our lives. Perhaps, just thinking of your own mother can generate that feeling of unconditional love. However, for some of us, relationships with our actual Mothers may have been difficult or painful, but there may be other people in our lives, perhaps a grandmother, mentor or close friend whose image can energize that feeling of unconditional love.
Also, we may not always be able to express our love or our feelings to our Mothers in the way we would like to, but by offering Metta, we have the opportunity to cultivate loving-kindness and compassion for them in an energetic way. What greater gift can we give to our Mothers than this! Also, as we offer Metta sometimes we experience a shift in our relationships and how we feel about this other being. Although, we haven’t moved on to the category of difficult person, I would encourage you to explore Metta for your Mother even if you feel some difficulty or pain in your relationship. I have heard such beautiful stories over the years from folks who have practiced Metta for a difficult person and suddenly experienced a change in the dynamics of their relationship.
Finally, I have decided to share a link to last year’s post here as it also explored our relationship to the Divine Mother energy and to Mother Earth, our nurturer and sustainer. We may tend to think of Mother’s Day as a personal holiday between us and our own Mother, however by shifting our focus we can use this day to expand our consciousness to the greater whole, to transform our relationships big and small, and to deepen in our experience of Mother energy in our own lives and in the world.
I encourage to explore the practice but to connect with your heart center and ask which mothers you feel to practice for today. Perhaps it is your real mother or grandmother, perhaps a friend or teacher, or even a child. And, don’t forget to include Mother Nature; she needs our love, too. Let you heart be your guide and open to experience the heart of Metta as Buddha defined it.
Daily Practice: May Is For Metta 2012 Mother’s Day Practice
Journal Notes: See link above
Have a beautiful day everyone!