I have doing a lot of thinking lately and have come to realize that one of the probe reasons for exploring extra-canonical Buddhisms was because of my desire to further develop the brahma viharas in this lifetime. Among the way that intention was confused and forgotten but that is the starting point. I reawoke to this gradually as I continued to practice the fundamentals as explained to me by Bhante Saddhasara and evaluate my practice by that measure.
Simply put, I need to make some serious changes before I can pursue the concentration practices recommended by the Lord Buddha and it seems to me that there is no better way to prepare the ground than through the sublime abidings. That and the fact that my own family life points out my shortcomings with regard to the brahma viharas on a daily basis.
So, may I continue to grow in the Dhamma while pervading my mind and heart with loving-kindness until liberation.