I did things a bit bass-ackward today and started blogging before I started reading blogs. So I just want to say that I didn’t mean to touch any sore spots on the whole feminism tip: I didn’t know about the latest difficult conversations happening in The (R)WOC Blogosphere, since I pretty much only read FlipFloppingJoy these days, and I didn’t make it over there til now. It seems like people are hurting as a result of those discussions, and I don’t want to exacerbate that at all.
So in that spirit, a new tradition here at Kloncke: Metta posts.
“Metta” is a Pali word that means, loosely, “loving kindness.” It’s the kind of love that hopes for the happiness of others, without expecting anything in return. In regular lingo, it pretty much means sending good vibes to people. A lot of spiritual traditions practice metta in different ways, so maybe you’ve experienced something really similar.
In any case, I’ll be putting up metta posts from time to time, asking you to do three things. One, to send loving kindness toward yourself and all beings. (“Yourself and all beings” — not try’na be all mystical, it’s just a common phrase in english translations of Pali buddhist teachings. It simply means what it says.) Two, to send some special encouragement and compassion for a person in my life who is feeling some pain at the moment. And three, to send the same to anyone in your own life who is going through a tough time.
So today, I’m asking for your metta for a few people. For brownfemipower, author of FlipFloppingJoy, who is bravely re-centering after the blogging-and-life madness mentioned above. For Tatiana, my dear friend and former roommate who is courageously recovering from some serious physical injuries. And for Terri, who has loved me like an auntie since I was very young, and whose wonderful husband, Rob, recently passed away.
Thanks, y’all, and til next time, I’ll be sending metta your way from the meditation center.
Your presence back in blog land is a welcome treat! Especially since I had just discovered your writings. So glad you are sharing bits of your journey. en-joy, Bethany