Loving-kindness for others

I always felt overwhelmed, during my trips to India, by the number of people who were begging in the streets. There were children and old people, some who had a disability and others who were missing limbs. Mothers with tiny infants in their arms, young men with legs grotesquely swollen with elephantiasis, children without legs […]

Loving-kindness Part 1

‘Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.’ Henry James   May I be happy May I be healthy May I be peaceful May I live with ease.   These simple words of the metta, or loving-kindness […]

Our internal balance sheet

‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ George Orwell, Animal Farm We all know people who bestride the world with an exaggerated sense of entitlement, as if they’re somehow special and the world owes them something. Others seem to be apologetic for their very existence, anxiously striving to ‘make up’ […]

Living with ease

‘May I live with ease.’ This is the last line of the loving-kindness (or metta) meditation I often use during meditation classes and retreats. At first the phrase might simply sound pleasant, or even a little self-indulgent. We hear the word ‘ease’, and imagine an easy life. And yes, it does make sense to wish […]