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The original name of this practice is metta bhavana, which comes from the Pali language. Metta means ‘love’ (in a non-romantic sense), friendliness, or kindness: hence ‘loving-kindness’ for short. It is an emotion, something you feel in your heart. Bhavana means development or cultivation. The commonest form of the practice is in five stages, each of which should last about five minutes for a beginner.
your heart to everyone, to all beings everywhere. Then gradually relax out of meditation, and bring the practice to an end.
Listen to or download full guided introductions to the Metta Bhavana.