Is practicing Lovingkindness the spiritual equivalent of rainbows and ponies, or is it a truly radical act?
In this week's meditation we cut through the tendency to equate generating Metta (lovingkindness) with simple positive thinking. Metta is not simply repeating aphorisms, or striving to be 'nice'. At it's heart it is a truly radical stance, that is at complete odds with our culture and society.
Choosing to follow the path of lovingkindness is hard, and sets you apart from the norms most live by.
As Chögyam Trungpa says in "The Sacred Path of the Warrior";
“The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything.”
That's refusing to give up loving yourself, your friend, the neutral person, your enemy - and all sentient beings.
And that is radical.
In the audio below we have a short introduction, together with a fully guided 30 minute Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation.
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