Metta meditation is the practice of cultivating awareness, love, and compassion in the present moment, independent of thought and judgment. This mentorship session fuses two fundamental modalities from the East and West to help people align with letting go, inner joy, happiness, and peace. The Western practice, coined by Kriss Walas, is Grateful Awareness (rooted in Positive Psychology) which is merged with the age-old Eastern practice of Loving Kindness (a principal premise in Buddhism). The synthesis of these two modalities allows individuals a safe guided space to connect through the heart to experience love without condition.
Unconditional love is the expression of the divine which glues the universe together. When unconditional love enters our words, thoughts, and actions, we can see others as mirrors of ourselves, as one form of ever pervading consciousness. Seeing others like us is the basis of compassion. Through compassion, we can put ourselves in the shoes of another and feel their unique experience in our own body. Compassion training allows us to forgive ourselves and forgive others simultaneously and symbiotically.
Through Grateful Awareness and Loving Kindness, we can free ourselves from the chains of the mind, heal our bodies, and connect to others and life in a way which is deeply expressive and nourishing. Forgiveness is the single most healing human practice; a practice which is often buried under layers of guilt, shame, hurt and repressed childhood trauma. Forgiveness is the nurturing, and we all need nurturing.