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  • Antony Woods
    Charlotte Bell wrote: The next group of metta recipients is friends and family members. The metta wishes and the processes of understanding and applying them
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 31, 2005
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      Charlotte Bell wrote:

      The next group of metta recipients is friends and family members. The metta
      wishes and the processes of understanding and applying them are the same for
      all recipients, so continue working with the phrases. Stay with friends and
      family members until you are ready to move to the next group.

      The next two categories of beings can be more challenging. The first is a
      neutral person. This might be someone you see in your neighborhood market or
      someone at work that you don�t really know. The final category is the
      difficult person. It is natural for friends and family members to enter this
      category at times. You are encouraged to approach this group of beings with
      the intention of being easy on yourself. It�s not necessary to start with
      the most difficult person in your life. Some days it may feel appropriate to
      skip the difficult person entirely and focus on those for whom feelings of
      goodwill come more easily. Again, metta is about cultivating kindness, and
      it is a process that unfolds over time. Be kind to yourself.

      Sometimes saying the phrases can seem dry or mechanical. This happens to
      everyone and it is okay. It is helpful to remember that the simple intention
      to cultivate lovingkindness is very powerful. Making the gesture is
      important.
      http://charlottebellyoga.com/metta.html
      This essay appeared in Catalyst Magazine in 2002?

      Posted with the kind permission of Charlotte Bell
      http://charlottebellyoga.com/bio.html

      to be continued tomorrow�

      With metta / Antony.
    • Antony Woods
      The next group of metta recipients is friends and family members. The metta wishes and the processes of understanding and applying them are the same for all
      Message 2 of 2 , May 7 4:09 PM
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        "The next group of metta recipients is friends and family members.
        The metta wishes and the processes of understanding and applying them
        are the same for all recipients, so continue working with the
        phrases. Stay with friends and family members until you are ready to
        move to the next group.

        The next two categories of beings can be more challenging. The first
        is a neutral person. This might be someone you see in your
        neighborhood market or someone at work that you don't really know.
        The final category is the difficult person. It is natural for friends
        and family members to enter this category at times. You are
        encouraged to approach this group of beings with the intention of
        being easy on yourself. It's not necessary to start with the most
        difficult person in your life. Some days it may feel appropriate to
        skip the difficult person entirely and focus on those for whom
        feelings of goodwill come more easily. Again, metta is about
        cultivating kindness, and it is a process that unfolds over time. Be
        kind to yourself.

        Sometimes saying the phrases can seem dry or mechanical. This happens
        to everyone and it is okay. It is helpful to remember that the simple
        intention to cultivate lovingkindness is very powerful. Making the
        gesture is important.
        http://charlottebellyoga.com/metta.html
        This essay appeared in Catalyst Magazine in 2002

        Posted with the kind permission of Charlotte Bell
        http://charlottebellyoga.com/bio.html

        to be continued tomorrow...
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