Metta Meditation Helps Develop a Sense of Kindness

"Mettā (Pali) or maitrī (Sanskrit) means benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, amity, good will, and active interest in others."

There are a variety of meditation strategies and techniques. Metta Meditation is one of the many widely recognized meditation practices. This is a favorite and popular among the general public as it centers on positive talk and self-talk. Meditation encompasses developing kindness towards oneself and then fully towards others.

To practice:

Position yourself in a comfortable sitting position. Begin repeating kind words to yourself silently. Examples include: "I am safe" or "I am well". As you progress, state positive words towards a good friend. Examples include: "I have caring individuals in my immediate circle" or "I have a caring family". 

Continue to progress by stating positive and kind words towards to: 

  1. A close family member

  2. A challenging person (one you may have conflict with)

  3. All of the people above

  4. The general population

Eventually, achieving Metta Meditation requires the person to spread kindness to the universe. This comes with copious amounts of practice. The well wishes you state during this meditation can radiate to your surroundings. Specific words and sentences recited in a positive and boundless manner reinforce positive thinking.

While there are many different meditation techniques, all amount to a similar achievement: kindness and self-love.

Kristina Caputi