Dear Fellow Practitioners, greetings
We are at a period in history where humanity has many great challenges. It seems as though we are becoming increasingly disconnected from both the environment and from each other as a global family. This tendency is having dire consequences even as I write… and in terms of war ecological disaster and the physical, mental and spiritual health of the humans on our planet… the consequences could soon be much much worse. Much of this phenomena is due to corrupt leadership in the corporate world and in bought and paid for governments, making harmful decisions for the short-term benefits of a select few. Many of the ordinary folk however are still very good-hearted and really wish for a better situation. So what can we do?
As Buddhist practitioners I believe that we have a lot to offer. The power of sila and of metta is truly profound. In this meditation I am asking you to be bold enough to embrace the entire world with Loving-Kindness. Holding the planet and all of humanity in 'The Heart of Loving-Kindness'… for the sake of this world – our current home, for our own sakes, and for the sake of our greater human family. Metta is a powerfully protective force that produces vast amounts of merit. The cultivation of metta as a meditation has truly excellent consequences for us as individuals both now and in the future… and it affects others in a positive manner as well.
Please join me in embracing the entire world with Loving-Kindness
… after doing so, you may find that at the very least you feel more connected to the planet and to humanity. And a greater foundation of well-being is an excellent support for deepening insight.
With much Loving-Kindness
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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