Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
I love the Metta Sutra but I find it difficult sometimes to act always with a loving, open heart.
I try to remind myself several times a day that I should try to treat others with lovingkindness as a mother would her only child.
That is a very powerful image for me.