The great strength of this practice enables one to feel, through the quality of loving-kindness, the capacity to stay present and connect with a heart that is open and free of ill will.
Ghandi called this the most powerful and the most subtle force in the universe. It’s the life force that keeps it all together and is called for again and again throughout our life.
The practice of loving-kindness is offered and felt as a natural heartfelt wish that is directed towards oneself, another particular person or a group of beings …wishing oneself and others to be happy, to be safe, to live with a deep sense of ease, well being and peace.
With the opening and the transformation into the greatness of the heart of loving-kindness, there’s a great letting go, a release of much of what we’ve been holding onto and grasped so tightly. There’s a release of the contraction of the heart/mind.
A heart/mind filled with loving-kindness has the capacity to impartially embrace all beings, not only those we’re close to in our lives, those it’s easy to care about or those who might be pleasing or useful or amusing to us. This practice holds the possibility of a capacity for what can be called ‘immeasurable love’..the capacity for being able to connect to and care for any being…all beings.