Done with sensitivity and over a period of time, loving-kindness meditation gradually develops a deeper self-acceptance, a strengthened appreciation of those one already loves, a warm and growing interest in casual acquaintances and less ill-will towards those one previously did not like.
Everyone, individually and generally, should be suffused with love and compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity, and one’s behaviour towards them should be motivated by the Brahma Vihāras.’ (Ja.II,61).
‘If the freedom of the mind brought about by love is cultivated and enhanced, always practised, made one’s vehicle and foundation, strengthened, consolidated and properly undertaken, one will be blessed in these eleven ways.
One sleeps happily, wakes happily, has no bad dreams, is dear to humans, dear to nonhumans, cherished by the gods, protected from fire, poison and weapons, easily concentrated, has a radiant complexion, passes away peacefully and after death at the very least is reborn in heaven.’ (A.V,342). See Brahma Vihāra.