One of the most beautiful ways to meditate is by doing a metta meditation. Metta actually means ‘loving kindness’. It can be done as a way to nourish yourself or a loved one. It can also be done for someone you don’t know well like your favorite barista or grocery clerk. It is also done for the world at large. At a time like this it really resonates with me and I am not alone in feeling this way. I have been generously included in a daily metta with a group of yogis from Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL. My dear friend, Jen Botka, has been leading her senior yoga class via text in a daily moment of metta which also includes 3 OMs and 3 deep breaths since the quarantine began. It’s a 5 minute pause in the day to send love and wellbeing out to the universe. If you would like to join us, set an alarm for yourself for 3:00 pm central, 4:00 pm eastern, 2:00 pm mountain and 1:00 pacific. Find a quiet place and place hands at the heart. Connect to your breath and allow the mind to quiet. Repeat these phrases to yourself and add 3 OMs and deep breaths if you like.
May all sentient beings be mentally happy
May all sentient beings be physically happy
May all sentient beings be safe
May all sentient beings have ease of well being
On any given day you could change the wording to accomodate what you need. If you need some lovingkindness for yourself, change the wording to: May I be mentally happy…
If you know a loved one that is in need change it to: May John Smith be mentally happy…Etc.
Let me know if you are joining in and spread the word! It’s what the world needs right now