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Daily Connect: Urban Metta Practice

Although many believe meditation means sitting motionless in a quiet room, it's important to remember that meditation can be done anytime, anywhere.  Metta meditation is particularly easy to do in noisy and crowded urban areas, and teachers like Sharon Salzberg encourage students to practice it while walking down the street.  As you notice a living being nearby, you silently say to them, "May you be safe" or "May you be happy".  You can do it when you see a human walking near you, or when you hear a bird chirping.  You can also send Metta when you hear sirens or car horns; each of those sounds indicate the presence of a living being.  This week, Business Insider magazine published an article about Urban Metta practice:

It's kind of fun to trudge through New York City pretending to be a ridiculously benevolent superhero. But also, I noticed that when I don't do this, I don't connect with anyone. I don't look at anyone as they walk by or even the world around me. I'm so lost in my thoughts that I'm barely there.

I find myself seeing a different side of humanity in every person's face and more often than not, really connecting the phrases "may you be well" to that person I'm seeing in front of me. Something happens, I don't know what, but it definitely feels like progress.

Why not try it yourself?  Sharon Salzberg's provided wonderful instructions in the video below!

Every August, IDP commits to and supports Metta (aka Lovingkindess) meditation practice.

We'll support each other here at our blog, and on Facebook and Twitter.  And meditate together separately with the IDP Secular Buddhist group on the Insight Timer app, and write a Journal entry about your experience on our website.

Our Metta Month weekly courses An Introduction to Lovingkindness Meditation and Befriending Fear and Anxiety, are available in-person and via Home Study, and if you're in NYC, join us every Friday, 6-7pm, for our Metta Sitting Group

Metta Practice Instructions available here!



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