The capacity to love that is inherent in every one of us can be awakened and developed through the practice of loving kindness or metta, which is a 2,500-year-old practice. It is meant to cultivate a state of mind that radiates kindness, wishing well without wanting anything in return. Over time it helps awaken love when you are not feeling it, and deepen and amplify it when you are. It uses repeated phrases, images and feelings to evoke loving kindness and friendliness towards oneself and others. Traditionally, we begin with ourselves and continue opening our hearts to eventually include all beings.