I have been away for quite some time but hope to participate in this year's jukai. I have been meditating in my absence and have come upon the idea that one way of seeing our complete acceptance of the moment by moment awareness as each new phenomenon arises, persists and passes away is to view it almost as a form of metta practice in its more passive, receptive form. Ajahn Achalo ( a bhikkhu in the Thai Forest Theravada tradition) holds that before we can begin to radiate metta effectively we need to have this kind of loving-acceptance as a foundation. As I sat in shikantaza today it came upon me that holding experience gently and with a mind/heart of love and concern may be exactly what he is talking about. Thoughts? Am I wrong to make the connection?