Thursday Challange: Who can Disturb my Loving Kindness? | Dhammagiri | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk | Metta
Mettā, 'Loving Kindness', is the intention of unconditional good will to all beings, without distinction or discriminatiton, without bargaining, without demanding anything back, without any expectations to be liked or thanked or reciprocated.
Whether cute koalas or ugly canetoads, whether friends & family or total strangers or even enemies, we aim to wish well to absolutely everyone.
Towards the end, Ajahn recommends to start our day with mettā meditation. Then go out and take on the challenge:
- "I dare you, show me what you've got, can you disturb my mettā in any way!"
We're not expecting that everyone will be nice to us, just because we're trying to develop loving kindness throughout the day. Quite the contrary, we're willing to accept any provocation or irritation as a challenge to our mettā. We take it on and are exited to see what challenge might come, so that we've got an opportunity to maintain and strengthen our loving kindness in difficult conditions.
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