May It Arise

In this social metta practice, one picks a beautiful quality of body/heart/mind and invites it to arise.

Basic Instructions: Using 1-2 words, pick a beautiful quality of body/heart/mind and then say, "May _________ Arise".

Example: "May Loving Awareness Arise", "May Equanimity Arise," or "May Compassionate Presence Arise."

Developed By: Emily Horn & Vince Fakhoury Horn

Practice Variations:

There are different variations, or modes, for how this practice can bet set-up and done. When facilitating please specify which of these you are leading.

  • Facilitator's Choice : With this variation the facilitator picks a particular quality–using 1-2 words to name it–and then invites participants to focus on this single quality for the duration of the session. If you pick this version to facilitate, please change the title of the practice from "May It Arise" to whatever the "It" is that you're cultivating. Ex: "May Loving Awareness Arise", or "May Compassion Arise", etc.

  • Set It & Forget It : In this variation of the "May It Arise" practice, the facilitator invites everyone to pick a positive quality that they'd like to cultivate during the session, and then to work with that single quality for the duration of the practice period. Please name this practice: "May It Arise: Set It & Forget It"

  • Continual Choicemaking : In this freestyle variation of the "May It Arise" practice the facilitator specifies that during the practice session, when it's your turn, you have the choice to pick whichever positive quality you'd like to focus on. It's a continual choicemaking because you choose anew with each utterance. Please name this practice: "May It Arise: Continual Choicemaking"

Facilitator's Note: This practice is easy to do in a sequential order, where participants take turns. If you do that, please remind people that it's useful to have a little space between phrases, to receive the aspiration. That said, this practice can also be done spontaneously, by inviting folks to simply say, "May It Arise." This usually works best after doing it sequentially for a while, so that the "It" is clear in awareness. It's also easy to parlay this practice into the Pith Metta practice, if you want to play with a different group size or find another way to introduce a spontaneous order.