You are invited to join us for…
May is for Metta 2015:
31 Days of Loving-kindness Meditation
An Annual Event Facilitated by Beth Terrence
on The Heart Of Awakening Blog
I am so excited to begin our fifth year of Metta exploration, which will happen from May 1st to May 31st, as a group of people come together virtually to participate in daily Loving-kindness meditation and practice. Our virtual sangha (community) has participants from all over the world. This is an opportunity to practice Metta Meditation and cultivate more loving-kindness for oneself, others and the world. Although we join together for the month of May to focus our energy and intention, the practice it is available anytime, anywhere.
As we move toward May Is For Metta 2015, there are a number of ways to participate. The daily guided practice is free and is featured on The Heart Of Awakening Blog. To receive daily posts, you can simply click on “Follow This Blog” at the top of the sidebar to sign up for updates or you can also register via Eventbrite to receive daily emails during May Is For Metta.
New this year are two optional levels for those who would like to receive additional support during the practice time. Options include:
Optional Level I: Blog Posts + 4 Weekly Group Teleclass Sessions ~ $38 (*Dates/Time TBA – Access Available via Live Call or Audio Replay – Register)
Optional Level II: Blog Posts + 4 Weekly One-on-One 30 Minute Guided Meditation Sessions by Phone/Skype With Facilitator Beth Terrence ~ $147 (Register)
There will also be an optional Facebook group for folks who would like to connect and share during the practice period. Stay tuned for details!
For those who are new to Metta and/or a daily meditation practice, this time offers you the opportunity to build a practice and to create a space for stillness and peace. This is one of the most loving acts we can do for ourselves. And so how wonderful to begin with the practice of Metta, cultivating Loving-kindness and compassion for ourselves, others and the world.
For those who currently have a daily meditation practice and/or have worked with Metta practice before, this is a time to for you to go deeper. One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is to always come to a teaching or practice with a beginners mind, even if I have done it before. From this place of openness and unknowing, lies a great opportunity for developing our understanding and can allow us to become more present to the moment. So, you may begin totally anew with the practice or you may practice the full practice for the 31 Days, using the daily guidance as a way to explore the depths of Metta.
In a gradual way, each day will offer simple guidance on how to begin and stay present with a daily practice. It is up to you how much time to commit and how deep you will choose to go. A part of the journey is uncovering where we resist, get stuck and withhold from ourselves by not creating the time and space we need to be centered and whole. So in essence, this 31 Days is really an exercise in Loving Ourselves enough to commit some time and space to be more present; the vehicle for creating that time and space is the practice of Metta and daily meditation.
If you concerned that you cannot commit, I encourage you to use one of the wisdom slogans of many 12 Step Programs and just do it “one day at a time”. Really, there is only this moment and then, there is another moment, and another. Meditation teaches us to be in the present moment fully with our whole being. Loving-kindness allows us to be open to whatever is present and arising in that moment with openness and compassion.
My wish for each of you is that you will follow the guidance of your heart and be willing to explore in a way that is loving and gentle with yourself.
I hope you’ll join us for this exploration in loving-kindness and compassion.
P.S. If you have questions or would like additional information, feel free to contact Beth.