Every day we are faced with the heaviness of our own suffering and the suffering of others. The amount of suffering all around us can quickly become overwhelming. Compassion helps ease this suffering. Most of us value compassion, patience, and love, but it isn’t always our instinct to turn to these values.
Through metta bhavana or loving kindness meditation we work towards making compassion our default response to suffering. This compassion and loving kindness is for all beings; ourselves, our loved ones, strangers, and all sentient beings in the world. In loving kindness meditation we repeat simple phrases that are like gifts or blessings intentionally given to ourselves and others.
In this guided meditation we will repeat four simple phrases.
May I (you) be happy.
May I (you) be safe.
May I (you) be healthy.
May I (you) live with ease.