Welcome to Common Ground: A Metta Compassion Application.
MIrroring traditional methods for engendering compassion, we have designed an application that facilitates a practice that increases the amount of loving-kindness we have not only for ourselves, but for our friends, acquaintances, and even strangers.
Designed with four distinct learning phases that elicit compassionate responses, the application grows your compassion feelings outward in ever expanding spheres of connection.
You start with thinking about close friends, and how they make you feel loving and kind. Repeating like me, they want to be happy, like me they want to be free from suffering, and then finally writing in your own like me….entry, you gradual are able to call up that compassionate feeling more automatically. At the second stage you repeat these lines but while thinking about acquaintances, ending by writing your own like me for that person.
After completing compassion practices for a given group, you will see a wall with your like me response combined with the responses of others using the system.
Here we see the coming together of various voices from all over the internet, united by compassion. For your continuing practice, another layer will unlock, focusing on selfcompassion and finally, compassion for “enemies”.
This application won an honorable mention at Stanford’s CCARE conference, 2013.