March 15, 2020 If you’ve been to my studio, you may have seen this Metta (loving-kindness) prayer on the wall.
I practice this meditation every day and hold these intentions in my heart as I move through the world. I try act with compassionate care for all beings, whether that be in action or thought.
Today my Metta practice is to temporarily close my studio doors. This is an act of loving-kindness to my clients, my community and for myself.
Metta meditation can be a balm in times of stress or uncertainty. It can help us feel more connected both ourselves and others, and the meditation itself very simple to do…
direct the phrases to yourself (may I be happy)
consider someone you feel thankful for
visualize someone you feel neutral about
send Metta to someone you are having trouble with
direct Metta towards everyone/thing universally
. According to the Greater Good Science Centre at UC Berkeley, this short meditation can make us feel less isolated and more connected to those around us. One study showed that “a single 7 minute mediation made people feel more connected to, and positive about, both loved ones and total strangers and more accepting of themselves”. . As you all prepare to stay home, remember that this is Metta in action. This is a gift you are giving to your loved ones, neighbours and community. Thank you for what you are doing and I will see you all very soon.
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