When we water the seeds of love, kindness and compassion, it is what continues to grow.
Metta is a Pali word that translates as loving kindness. It is a universal love free from self-interest and is typically practiced through meditation.
The idea behind Metta Monday is to spread a little bit of selfless loving kindness as a group effort. We will all share the intention of spreading kindness in any way we can that day. There are many ways to extend Metta as a deed, word or thought. The hope for Metta Monday is that it will have a ripple effect felt far and wide. #mettaMonday
An excerpt from Metta: The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love by Acharya Buddharakkhita (1995) :
“Apart from its higher implications, today metta is a pragmatic necessity. In a world menaced by all kinds of destructiveness, metta in deed, word and thought is the only constructive means to bring concord, peace and mutual understanding. Indeed, metta is the supreme means, for it forms the fundamental tenet of all the higher religions as well as the basis for all benevolent activities intended to promote human well-being.”
If people knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given. ~The Buddha
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Some ideas of how to put loving kindness into action:
*Smile, say hello, make eye contact, hug - we just don’t do it often enough
*Pick up all the trash you see on a walk *Leave a heartfelt note in your child’s lunch box, on a strangers car windshield, etc. *Send a handwritten letter or just because card in the mail
*Pay for the toll for the car behind you
*Extend a helping hand to someone who needs it
*Call someone who you haven’t spoken to in over a month
*Be an active team player at work and help a teammate in need when you have downtime
*Buy a coffee for the person in line behind you
*Actively and mindfully listen while engaged in conversation
*Selfcare *Metta Meditation - a helpful link: http://www.dharmanet.org/wisdomweek5.htm
*Give food/water directly to one or more members of the homeless population
*Volunteer some time that day with a non-profit
*Write a kind email or comments to others