Tag Archives | metta

This is the Practice

I am just winding down my Drynuary (a popular time in American culture for folks to choose to abstain from alcohol, or perhaps gluten, sugar, meat, Netflix binges–a bit of a secular Lent, if you will). Of course, as in Read More

Starting over, one breath at a time

I was first introduced to meditation many years ago by a yoga teacher whose combined yoga and meditation class fit best into my working mom schedule. I was transformed by her introduction of Metta. I read Sharon’s book, Lovingkindness and Read More

Insight Meditation Society • METTA RETREAT

Sharon’s annual Metta Retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA is now open for registration. Due to popular demand, the retreat registration is a lottery. Registration is due by October 31st, 2017.


Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration, fearlessness, happiness and a greater ability to love. This retreat is a residential retreat. Sharon will be joined on the teaching staff for this year’s retreat by Mark Coleman and Oren J. Sofer. This silent retreat, open to all, will include an optional daily period of yoga, offered by Tanya Diallo Welsh. 21 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.

The Present

During meditation, I sometimes find myself getting caught up with difficult thoughts or emotions and if I go in too deep and try to analyze and understand, things get murky and cloudy, questions begets questions. I have difficulty letting go until I get to Read More

Warm Fuzzy

Sending lovingkindness out to all beings gave me such a feeling of comfort. I kept it very general and broad so as to not get caught up with ‘difficult’ beings. As such, I felt hopeful. I felt grateful for all the good that Read More

Continual Drift

It was difficult to remain focused during today’s lovingkindness towards others meditation. As I directed my attention to the various categories, I could not help but feel an immediate reaction of judgement. I would then wander off on tangents, recalling what I Read More

Embrace Energy

Opening the Heart meditation has got to be one of the most powerful and nurturing meditations I can offer myself. I am not certain what metaphysical aspects come into play here, but during this practice, I can actually feel a gathering of Read More

Paradigm Shift

Practicing lovingkindness is really a unique way to think and see. When walking around in my community, I am usually focused on my end goal (shopping list, appointments, errands…). Regarding strangers, I either direct judgments or indifference their way. When I bump into Read More