I do the metta practice every second day for my 6 am sit.
I started doing this some years ago inspired by one of our order members by the name of Bodhipaksa. Bodhipaksa shared with us that he had done metta exclusively for a year or so at one time because he wanted to shift the core of his irritable Scottish temperament ….. (not implying and nor was he that all Scots are irritable).
Anyway I’ve found this sustained practice of kindness to be VERY valuable. One of my recent epiphanies has been seeing how my default position is often mean and self promoting at the expense of others. That’s pretty confronting for someone who’s identified himself as a disciple of The Buddha for over twenty years!
it’s subtle but when I catch myself being critical, judgemental, taking delight in the misfortune of others etcetera, etcetera …. I just stop and notice and to the best of my ability take responsibility.
Often it’s as simple as owning my actions of body, speech and mind. And more and more I see that the ones I really need to take responsibility for are the actions of my mind: everything else flows from them …..
I don’t have a better strategy than meditation. Yes, trying to practice the precepts is essential, good friends are essential but most important of all is that quiet space where I settle down and sit with my own mind, my own experience ….
The dust settles and in the quietness I begin to see what’s going on and take responsibility for it ….
Hope you can join us for meditation this week:
Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm Live and Zoom
Sunday 8 – 9 am Live and Zoom
And password to get in: buddha
Dharmalata and on behalf of Padmadakini