The practice of lovingkindness
is, at a certain level, the fruition of all we work toward in our meditation. It
relies on our ability to open continuously to the truth of our actual
experience, not cutting off the painful parts, and not trying to pretend things
are other than they are. Just as spiritual growth grinds to a halt when we
indulge our tendency to grasp and cling, metta can’t thrive in an environment
that is bound to desire or to getting our expectations met.
- Sharon Salzberg and Joseph
Goldstein, "Commit to Sit: Metta"