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When it arises the practice has come to maturity in that it has changed preferential love, which is an attached love, to an all-embracing, unconditional love! Loving-kindness is a heart meditation and should not be seen as just a formal sitting practice removed from everyday life. So take your good vibes outside into the streets, at home, at work, into your relationships. Applying the practice to daily life is a matter of purposefully directing a friendly attitude and having openness toward everybody you relate to without discrimination.
The visualizations, reflections and the repetition of lovingkindness are devices to help you arouse a positive feeling of loving-kindness. You can use all of them or one that works best for you. When the positive feeling arises switch from the devices to the feeling, as it is the feeling that is the primary focus. e. use the visualization to bring back or strengthen the feeling. The second stage is Directional Pervasion where you systematically project the aroused feeling of loving-kindness 30 to all points of the compass: north, south, east and west, up and down, and all around.
32 ‘I myself feel and also tell other Buddhists that the question of Nirvana will come later. There is not much hurry. But if in day-today life you lead a good life, honestly with love, with compassion, with less selfishness then automatically it will lead to Nirvana. Opposite to this, if we talk about Nirvana, talk about philosophy but do not much bother about day-to-day practice, then you may reach a strange Nirvana but will not reach the correct Nirvana because your daily practice is nothing.