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Cultivate Patience and Mettā

A helpful exercise for Home Retreat is to steer the mind/heart towards mettā and patience while navigating one’s chores and errands. If you are like me, going to the grocery store, waiting in a line at the Post Office, or exercising on a treadmill at the gym are chances to cultivate wholesome states of mind. During Home Retreat, you might experiment with doing silent reflection or chanting when these types of situations are present. Is it possible to spread your mettā towards the clerk checking out your tomatoes or to the person in front of you fumbling with her/his credit card? Home Retreat obliges us to be in contact with others. Use this time as often as possible to cultivate loving attention for self and others. Make this mental state your heart’s posture as often as possible.