I am so excited to begin our sixth year of May Is For Metta Exploration & Meditation, which will be happening from May 1st to May 31st as a group of people come together virtually to participate in daily Loving-kindness meditation and exploration.
I invite you to join my Heart Of Awakening Blog Community for 31 days of guided exploration. This time offers an opening to cultivate greater loving-kindness and compassion in ourselves, our relationships and our world. The vehicle for our practice is Metta Meditation, a foundational practice in the Buddhist tradition. Although originating in Buddhimsm, practice Lovingkindness and Compassion is universal and we will also look at some of the current research on this type of practice.
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 reconnect and go deeper.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned from my teachers 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 it is also a powerful way to become more present to the moment.
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 you 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 balanced, 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 a daily meditation practice. 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 more fully with our whole being. Loving-kindness allows us to be open and receptive to whatever is present and arising in that moment with tenderness 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 toward yourself.
I hope you'll join us for this 2016's May Is For Metta Exploration!
Tashi Deleh (I honor the greatness within you)!
P.S. If you have questions or would like additional information, feel free to email me directly.