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What metta is

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  • Metta is an attitude of recognizing that all sentient beings (that is, all beings that are capable of feeling), can feel good or feel bad, and that all, given the choice, will choose the former over the latter.
  • Metta is a recognition of the most basic solidarity that we have with others, this sharing of a common aspiration to find fulfillment and escape suffering.
  • Metta is empathy. It’s the willingness to see the world from another’s point of view: to walk a mile in another person’s shoes.
  • Metta is the desire that all sentient beings be well, or at least the ones we’re currently thinking about or in contact with. It’s wishing others well.
  • Metta is friendliness, consideration, kindness, generosity.
  • Metta is an attitude rather than just a feeling. It’s an attitude of friendliness.
  • Metta is the basis for compassion. When our Metta meets another’s suffering, then our Metta transforms into compassion.
  • Metta is the basis for shared joy. When our Metta meets with another’s happiness or good fortune, then it transmutes into an empathetic joyfulness.
  • Metta is boundless. We can feel Metta for any sentient being, regardless of gender, race, or nationality.
  • Metta is the most fulfilling emotional state that we can know. It’s the fulfillment of the emotional development of every being.
  • It’s our inherent potential. To wish another well is to wish that they be in a state of experiencing Metta.
  • Metta is the answer to almost every problem the world faces today. Money won’t do it. Technology won’t do it. Metta will.

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Comment from Silvia
Time: January 20, 2013, 10:35 am

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The whole Wildmind website is a marvel of form and content, even the least, the most laconical comment can bring one insight. I have been immersed in it for weeks, and have found help and inspiration aplenty. But this description of Metta, in its sobriety and, well, loving kindness, is the best I’ve read yet. Thank you.

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Time: March 31, 2013, 1:58 am

[...] will no longer worry about infecting others with my negativity. I will however continue to send out metta every morning as I wind up my meditation sessions. That is something I am more than happy to infect [...]

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Comment from Tammy Kuykendall
Time: April 22, 2013, 12:06 am

I was told by my brother that I live in a fantasy world when I told him we are responsible for each other,so on and so forth. I saw the word Metta and looked it up and found this definition and I realized THIS is how I feel!!!!! I had no idea there was a word for this feeling inside me.

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Time: June 17, 2013, 9:43 am

[...] instructs us to try to bring a basic friendliness (or Metta) to our experience as best we [...]

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Comment from Millie
Time: July 1, 2014, 7:13 pm

Yes, Metta puts a word to what I’ve felt for others my entire life. You are my brothers and sisters, how could I not feel and wish Metta for and upon you?

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