When we think about the concept of Metta - Lovingkindness - we often say that it is unconditional. In other words, that our love for the person is not dependent on whether we like them or not, or whether we judge them to be 'good' or not, or even whether we know them or not.
As we move deeper into the practice we also realize that true metta is not even dependent on whether they are human. We soon recognize that all sentient beings can suffer, and that all wish to be happy. As we begin to realize this we can start to include all creatures into our meditation. Traditionally we don't even stop at humans and animals, but include all beings in all realms, known or unknown.
In this guided meditation we cultivate metta as we normally would, but you are encouraged to widen your loving heart beyond just people and to all living beings.
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