how do YOU practice metta meditation

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how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:44 am

what is your personal metta practice like? is it simply auto-suggestion or chanting? you you feel metta in your heart area?
i'd like to know more.
please share

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:22 am

It varies. Sometimes It flows freely with a lot of emotional content and feelings of loving kindness. At other times it is more cerebral. More a question of holding people in mind and wishing them well. I am not sure what you mean by feeling metta in my heart...if my second sentence covers it then I do.
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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby bodom » Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:32 pm

Have you read Bhante G's Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English?
I practice his method.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby Rui Sousa » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:04 pm

My practice is based on imagining the sun's light and warmth on my body.
With Metta

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby bodom » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:11 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby Rui Sousa » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:31 pm

With Metta

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby bodom » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:36 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby adeh » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:14 pm

I am doing metta as a complete meditation as taught by Bhikkhu Sujato. He teaches the Metta meditation method taught by his teacher Ajahn Maha Chatchai...it's really good....

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby Guy » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:40 pm

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby m0rl0ck » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:28 pm

I dont do it often, but sometimes if im feeling anger i make a point to do it every day. Mostly tho i do on the bus because rude people piss me off :) and old, sad or sick people make me sad. So i send them a little love.

I use this method:

http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhis ... /Metta.htm
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby Jack » Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:21 pm

[quote="jcsuperstar"]what is your personal metta practice like? is it simply auto-suggestion or chanting? you you feel metta in your heart area?
i'd like to know more.
please share
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None of the above. I first get a loving kindness feeling that I have for a favorite person. I use the words "May she be at peace. etc." to match up that feeling with the words. Then, I shift my attention around while trying to keep that feeling of loving kindness by using the words. When I lose that feeling, I go back to my original subject, get in touch with the feeling and then return to where I left off.

Its all about feelings not words but the words usually help. Sometimes I don't even use the words, just the feeling of loving kindness.

jack

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Re: how do YOU practice metta meditation

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:32 am

Don't do it enough.- usually once a week. I direct metta to 10 directions using a similar contemplation to the one above. I guess at other times I try to get away from aversive mindstates- which I feel is as important as developing metta.
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