Cultivate loving-kindness with a metta meditation practice, a Buddhist practice to open and soften your heart. Get to know love directly – not conceptually but as a matter of raw experience. Let love become what you are.
You are an infinite expression of love. Can you feel that?
If not, try to clean out your awareness of all those stories, of all those empty concepts, of all those illusions, until you connect directly to Experience, until you are no longer separate from the space in which everyone and everything arises.
This is love. Not yours or anyone else’s. It’s just love.
Surrender to Love
“May you be skilled in goodness. May you wish in gladness and in safety that all beings be at ease, that they be happy, safe, and secure. Whatever living creatures there be, without exception, may all beings be happy. As a mother protects with her life her child, her only child, so with a boundless heart may you cherish all beings. With virtue, vision, and purity of heart, holding no longer to selfish or crooked views, and being released from all sensual desires, may you be free from suffering. May you truly be at peace.”
What is Metta?
The feeling of loving-kindness I’m pointing to is quite different from Hollywood’s version of love – love with attachment, or romantic love. Metta, or loving-kindness, is not extended to us because of who we are or what we’ve done or how we look.
It’s extended to us freely, without limit or condition. It’s extended to us merely because we exist, we are bound up with the whole, inextricably linked to the cosmos, to god, to awareness, or whatever else you wanna call that which encompasses all things.
Loving-kindness is simply the generosity and openness of heart that wishes well to all beings. And it’s exactly this – the selfless, expectation-less, and condition-less nature – that makes loving-kindness so remarkable.
When you really take the time to explore the space of possible mind-states, to connect with one that is so free, so stable, and without limit, shows just how special and inspiring loving-kindness is. But don’t take my word for it. Come see for yourself.
“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘you owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that – it lights the whole sky.”
“What you think and ponder becomes the tendency of your mind.” -The Buddha. The problem is that so many thoughts slip through awareness unnoticed. It’s like my awareness loves to hide itself…
“Awaken Your Heart”
Dig deep enough within you and see if at the heart and stillness of your being there is an unwavering impulse to live and act from a place of wholeness and compassion. See if you can find your awakened heart…
Metta Meditation Retreats
Accelerate your insight meditation or metta practice with an intensive retreat. We offer weekend and week-long retreats at our center in Heber, Utah, and also host events around the globe.
Mindfulness & Metta
Through my own practice of mindfulness, one thing continues to grow very clear: that there is no space between me and what is known, that everything inter-is.
And as this direct, experiential insight strengthens, as the barriers between me and the objects of awareness dissolve, as I continually fall back into the single realm of knowing, into the glue and container of all things, a quite miraculous feeling of unconditional love continues to expand in my heart and mind.
This, then, leads my intentions more and more in the direction of compassion – compassion for myself, for others, and for the world.
Look directly for yourself to see that love and awareness are one. When you are fully loving, aren’t you also mindful? And when you are fully mindful, is this also not the essence of love?
Take a deeper look at your self. Once you glimpse your divinity, the interconnected nature of all being, continue to cultivate that awakening formally. Make it a habit of mind. Allow it to shape your relationship, to shape your feelings and emotions, your thoughts, words, and behaviors. Allow it to shape your being in the world.
Events & Retreats
Experience says it all. Have an experience where you connect deeply with yourself, where you embody fully another tender heart, someone’s pain and struggles, their stories and convictions, their hopes and their fears. Have an experience to overcome your trauma or pain, your anger or hatred, your sorrow or grief. Experience an unshakeable peace.
Work W/ John
Be your truest self. What does that look like to you? And how can I help? If you’d like some personal care and attention put into sculpting your being, into deepening your presence, if you’d like a hard stone to sharpen up against, a polished mirror to see your reflection clearly, an honest friend or counselor, let’s spend some time together.
Hey. My name is John Driggs. I live on a quiet mountain property with my remarkable family – my partner Deb and our four kids.
Our property and our home is a sanctuary and a place of growth – a place where people can come to feel safe and loved, a place where teachers and artists can come together to share their wisdom and beauty, where they can host retreats, workshops, and other experiences that soften our hearts and expand our minds.
I’m looking forward to sharing my unbounded love and tender heart with each of you.