One of my intention is to read the Loving Kindness chant every morning. My other intention is to continue from last year’s intention of sending loving kindness wishes to someone I have a difficulty with, but this year, start sending the wishes as soon as I feel a judgment or negative feeling coming up towards someone.
The metta sutta or LK chant.
is the work of those who are
and peaceful, who seek the good.
May they be able and upright,
Straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.
May they be content and easily supported
Unburdened – with their senses calmed.
May they be wise, not arrogant, and without desire for the possessions of others.
May they do nothing mean, or that the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: May all beings be happy,
may they live in safety and joy.
All living beings, whether weak or strong, tall, stout, medium, or short, seen and unseen, near and distant, born or to-be-born
May they all be happy!
Let no one deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none by anger or hatred,
Wish harm to another.
As a mother watches over her child, to risk her own life to protect her only child,
So with a boundless heart,
one cherish all living beings;
Suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving-kindness:
or walking, sitting or lying down, through all one’s waking hours,
may one remain mindful of this heart, and this way of living, that is
the best in the world.
Unattached to speculations, views, and sense desires, with clear vision, such a person will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering again.
Sabe sata sukhi hontu. May all beings be happy.