Bodhilila has been meditating for 30 years. Having previously worked as a classical musician, counsellor, massage therapist, primary school teacher and nursery manager, she now teaches meditation, Buddhism and mindfuness-based pain management at the West London Buddhist Centre.
She says: 'Metta is the foundation of all the other Brahma Viharas. Although I have sometimes found the Metta Bhavana a very challenging practice, it has been key in helping me to transform feelings of self-hatred and to let go of long-held resentments. Through Karuna I learned self-compassion and how to be compassionate towards others. Mudita challenged my negative, cynical worldview and brought joy back into my life. Upekkha has given me a wider perspective of reality, helping me to cope with life's difficulties without losing sight of its positive potential. Practising the Brahma Viharas has changed my relationship to myself, others and the world. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this retreat.'