I have a question. I have noticed that Metta is most commonly taught as giving to oneself and then someone you have good feelings about and then neutral, a person you have challenges about and then the whole world. However, when I read about Metta in the Suttas, I have not come across this. What I read is to be with a mind spreading Metta in the first quarter, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, above and below and then doing this with sympathetic joy, compassion and equanimity.
I have found that it is more effective for me to just go straight to feeling the front of my body and sharing good wishes and feelings. Is it possible we are missing the direct path taught by the Buddha?
Metta is the most powerful practice for me and I want to learn more about it. Does anyone know where the self, loved one, neutral, difficult person, whole world originated? Maybe I have missed something important.
I just know that the Metta sutta itself doesn’t say anything about giving Metta to oneself and working away, it seems to suggest we should be indiscriminate about who we give Metta to from the start.
Does anyone have any insight or comments about this, for or against this thought?