The metta practitioner attempts to keep the resolves as the ongoing focus of attention. Some practitioners repeat the resolves silently, internally. Others say them aloud, alone or with a group. I sing mine to myself. I use a melody of special emotional significance to me that scans exactly with the words of the formal metta resolves I recite. Full metta practice includes dedication to maintaining a friendly, noncombative attitude in all conditions, even those that preclude recitation of resolves. I think of it as benevolence practice.

Sylvia Boorstein, That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist