mentary wrote:I was just wondering though, does concentration meditation really help for metta, or does practicing metta straight from the start remain effective?... The reason why I am asking this is because while I practice metta it seems to me that I have a difficulty generating a -sensation- of goodwill. I can generate the intention and the wish that all beings be free of suffering, but I don't feel it at an emotional level, or in my heart in a sense.
It's to be done associated with joy since that is one of the seven awakening factors; this joy follows mindfulness, dhamma-investigation, & energy.
So the preliminaries to radiating metta with joy, and tranquility, and so on, is to ensure that the approach is mindful, contemplative, and encouragingly wholesome.
In my experience, radiating metta happens on the back of the third tetrad of satipatthana. Mindfully the mind is known as with or without metta, the causes and conditions of this are known as is whether the radiation is limited in some way or limitless, and practice proceeds according to knowledge and experience with ones own state of affairs, mental inclinations, and so forth. Various methods can be employed, but the skillful method in ones own case is a matter of careful attention.