In the Loving Kindness (metta) class last night, Drew made an important point that brought out the essential nature of metta practice—metta practice cultivates an openness open toward all beings without imposing a strong position of self. The “near enemy” of metta describes what metta is not, but may be confused with, that is, attachment or affection.
Metta has a boundless potential, it is not limited to self interest and personal desires.I invite you to pause for a moment now and wish for the happiness and well being of any living beings near you. “May they be safe, happy, healthy, and at ease.” It does not matter if you know their names, if you like or dislike them. May they be safe, happy, healthy, and at ease.