During week 3 we practiced directing the Metta phrases to a benefactor or friend. A benefactor is a benevolent person who has given you something for which you are grateful. It could be a grandmother, a teacher, an older brother, a child. It is someone who easily arouses positive feelings. If it’s a friend, as we will learn, even if it’s a complex relationship, we focus on the part of the friendship that we love and cherish. An example: To my friend who is seriously ill:
- May you feel safe and secure.
- May you be content with life on its own terms.
- May your body support you, and be pain free.
- May you take care of yourself happily.
We are training the mind and heart to be a little more open when connecting with others. The magic of Metta is in the practicing of it. So you are encouraged to find a place each day to say the phrases, and see what happens. Enjoy your practice!