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Metta Month: What's In It for You?

Welcome to IDP's Metta Month, where members of the community commit to practicing metta (lovingkindness) every day in August. That means sending out good wishes to yourself, your loved ones, and the world at large.

What's in it for you?

The Buddha listed 11 benefits:

One sleeps easily, wakes easily, dreams no evil dreams. One is dear to human beings, dear to non-human beings. The devas protect one. Neither fire, poison, nor weapons can touch one. One's mind gains concentration quickly. One's complexion is bright. One dies unconfused and — if penetrating no higher — is headed for the Brahma worlds.

Sound too good to be true? Don't believe it?

The Buddha also said not to take his word for anything -- contemplate it, investigate it, try it out, determine if works for you. Only then can you know if it's valid.

What have you got to lose? Only your evil dreams and confusion.

Give it a try.

Here is a guided Metta practice led by Sharon Salzberg, who wrote the book on lovingkindness (literally) and is teaching the Back to Basics online series with Ethan Nichtern.



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