Khalil Bodhi wrote:Anumodana Feathers! Inspiring to hear about your practice!
Hehe that's kind of you, my practice is really very patchy - 'practice' is probably putting it a bit grandly. But I seem to have taken to metta in a way I haven't (so far) to meditation
Cittasanto, that's the first line. The full thing is:
May . . . x . . . be safe from inner and outer harm
May . . . x . . . be happy and peaceful
May . . . x . . . be healthy and strong
May . . . x . . . be able to take care of [myself/herself/himself/themselves] joyfully
It's pretty flexible though. I mean there are lots of different phrases. I just decided to stick with the ones in the guide I read
The idea is you do one round for each line. From what I have read (in that guide I linked and in a book about Dipa Ma) you do it for yourself, then for a teacher or someone you look up to, then for a friend or loved one, then for someone you find difficult/an enemy, and then you can move onto the whole world/total strangers.
I have to admit I am not that systematic. I tend to pick people depending on need or instinct. As much as anything, like with the group work this week, it was about me getting myself into a state of mind where I
wouldn't do anyone any harm - by getting impatient or frustrated. You're more likely (in my experience) to be patient when you've spent 10 minutes that morning wishing good things for the person you're dealing with.
I am making it sound like I am a lot more experienced and reliable with this practice than I really am, I feel a bit of a fraud handing out info on it to be honest. The best thing I can suggest is read that guide