Experiencing the Impermanence of Vedana

Full disclosure… I am writing this first paragraph as the post is already completed below. I sat down to write about what is going on with me, specifically addressing the multitude of emotions in the past few weeks. As I began writing, two somewhat different “events” came through. My intention is to share authentically, so I left it how it is. I apologize if the two topics seem completely unrelated, or if they seem silly to include in one post together. However, the dharma touches everything, and I think experience is experience. As I finish this post, I actually have …

Metta Meditation Buddhism

Engaging with Metta

The Buddhist practice of metta is the practice of opening the heart to everything around and within us. Sometimes translated as lovingkindness, I prefer to think of metta as gentleness toward all beings and experience, a true caring for the wellbeing of ourselves and others. The Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s words on metta, instructs us: Even as a mother protects with her life Her child, her only child, So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings; Radiating kindness over the entire world: Spreading upwards to the skies, And downwards to the depths; Outwards and unbounded. Metta …

Delusion, Privilege, and Guilt: Bringing Mindfulness to Whiteness

“To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitous and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a ‘woman doctor’ or they will say they went to see ‘the doctor.’ People will tell you they have a ‘gay colleague’ or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a ‘friend,’ everyone will assume the person is …