It is often referred to as metta, which in the Pali language refers to an inclusive, wise, and compassionate love, or the Loving Kindness Meditation.
From a place of meditation one chooses to practice love in their minds because one recognizes that love is more healing than judgment, hatred or fear. One repeats this phrase over and over and over and over until its wisdom infuses one’s being.
How about extending love beyond ourselves to those around us? We place the “I” with a friends name, “May Dennis be filled with loving kindness. May Dennis be well…” Continue doing this as different people pop into your mind.
Then when you feel ready, invite yourself to think of people who trigger you—people you’re having a hard time forgiving, people who have hurt you, people who annoy you.
To end, visualize God’s love as ribbons going out from your heart to surround the world. For one moment feel what it feels like to simply put love out there—to everyone, to anyone. And pray that as you go about your day that love, joy, appreciation would be the gifts you convey.
See you in church where we’ll gather to celebrate friendship!!