convivium wrote:Yes, thank you! So it is an attitude with regard to "practice." How far does practice extend into daily life? Do you take it as an additional meditation object/contemplation? Or is it a continuous attitude that you apply while attending to your primary meditation object? Does it help keep the precepts and your daily practice?
I take it more as an attitude to what arises.
I tense up, I notice and take a nice slow breath. Release.
When metta is the default attitude, annoyance and anger arise less or not at all.
When they do arise I notice that I suffer. I remind myself gently that it is impermanent and mind-made and gently release the grip on the emotion. Gently release the grip on the sufferer.
Finally metta without the recipient of metta - just metta!
It's a very powerful practice and I am still a beginner at it.