The Practice of Metta or Loving Kindness

Richard Rohr recently provided this new way to find loving kindness:

"Begin by sitting in silence and finding the place of loving kindness within you.  Then speak the following statements aloud:

May I be free from inner and outer harm and danger.  May I be safe and protected.

May I be free of mental suffering or distress.

May I be happy.

May I be free of physical pain and suffering.

May I be healthy and strong.

May I be able to live in this world happily, peacefully, joyfully, with ease.

Repeat these affirmations as many times as you wish.  When you are ready, replace the 'I' in each statement with someone else's name.  You might begin with a beloved, then move in widening circles to send love toward a friend, an acquaintance, someone who has hurt you, and finally the whole universe."

 

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