We held the first ever Chester Metta Circle this evening, in a room above Sally's Secret Garden in the Old Dutch House on the Bridge Street Rows (the rows are medieval walkways. The house is over 400 years old, and the street is nearly 2000 years old) The circle is held at the top of these stairs in the picture!
The timing was wonderful too - by chance it coincided exactly with a parade in Chester to light the Christmas lights. There were children with lanterns, a walking huge snowman, drumming and dancing, and a choir on the row opposite us singing carols. At exactly the moment towards the end of the metta meditation, when I talked about extending it outwards to all beings, the choir began to sing "Joy to the World..."
I hope it's a good sign for an auspicious beginning to exploring metta and Love in general together here in Chester. May All Beings Be Happy!