Metta Meditation Practice

Loving Kindness Meditation

Metta meditation is a form of meditation that involves cultivation of loving-kindness. It begins with sitting on a cushion, a chair, or lying down comfortably in silence. Instead of quieting the mind like in regular meditation, metta meditation involves expressing loving-kindness towards oneself, towards one's loved ones, friends, acquaintances, enemies, and finally towards all beings.

This form of meditation brings about compassion for one's self and towards all sentient beings. It is a peaceful and loving act that resonates throughout your whole being and towards your community of friends, lovers, and enemies.

Sitting and chanting any number of loving phrases will help bring about a pleasant feeling to your surroundings and to your own self. It is an excellent therapy for anyone seeking treatment for depression or anger management. Altogether, this is an excellent form of meditation for anyone.

Beginning Metta Meditation

Beginning metta meditation can be difficult, especially for a novice to meditation. It is important to find a comfortable position in order to eliminate any thoughts towards body pain while sitting. Listening to a guided meditation can be helpful. Below are some video links to help initially.

Repetition of Phrases

Repeating several simple phrases for 30 minutes at a time will quiet the mind and bring about a loving inner peace. It sounds very simple and it is simple!

Below are some words to repeat and chant while you sit in mediation:

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Sun Pen 50 3 years ago from Srilanka

In the Karaneeya metta Sutra Budhdha has taught his disciples to extend metta (Loving kindness) to all living beings while standing, walking, sitting and sleeping (Virtually always). In this sutra he has taught to extend metta to all in the same way a mother loves her only son.

So in Buddhist way of metta meditation, special preparation and a special place may be needed for people who are not familiar with meditation and people who have bad tempers etc.

Very informative, useful and nicely written hub. Thank you for sharing. voted up/useful.

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