At this time of political discord, it was uplifting to participate in a three day silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock — Awakening in Every Moment: A Retreat in Mindfulness, Metta and Morality. I’ll need time to reflect before I can offer any synopsis or insights but I did want to share the following from Martin Luther King Jr. since it beautifully encapsulates the concept of metta – (a Buddhist belief in loving-kindness and a meditation techniques that seeks to remove clinging to negative state of mind, by cultivating kindness unto all beings.)
I’ve seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say: ”We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws and abide by the unjust system, because non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good, so throw us in jail and we will still love you. Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and, as difficult as it is, we will still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our communities at the midnight hour and drag us out on some wayside road and leave us half-dead as you beat us, and we will still love you. Send your propaganda agents around the country and make it appear that we are not fit, culturally and otherwise, for integration, but we’ll still love you. But be assured that we’ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.
Martin Luther King Jr., A Christmas Sermon for Peace on Dec 24, 1967