Metta is a Sanskrit word for friendliness, good will, loving kindness. As a practice it has many forms, many translations. Here is a simple one for you to use to develop and expand your love and kindness toward others:
Lie or sit comfortably with eyes closed. (This prayer can also be said anywhere or anytime as a stealth move, and no one needs to know.) Begin to breathe and repeat the following prayer:
May I be happy.
May I be peaceful
May I be safe.
May I awaken to my true nature.
May I be free.
Think of someone who needs this prayer, someone whom it seems has wronged you, or someone you have trouble loving:
May you be happy.
May you be peaceful
May you be safe.
May you awaken to your true nature.
May you be free.
Then visualize all of us in the world, together:
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be peaceful
May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to their true nature.
May all beings be free.
© 2017 Catherine Auman