Everyone knows there’s a difference between ‘I love you’ and 'I like you’. It can feel threatening when someone tells us they don’t like us (what we are doing, saying, etc). And it can be powerful when they say ‘I love you’. Either way, for someone like me (white, privileged, he/him, hetero) my learned fragility might make me recoil or shut-down when met with the loving-challenge to look at my own internalized bias, supremacy, and ignorance. How might the contemplative practice of the Four Immeasurables help me face what I (and others) don’t like about my attitude? And help me receive love that is true, unconditionally, and liberatory.
Join me on Wednesday, May 8th 7pm EST for a Live Weekly Dharma Gathering with Shambhala Online. I’ll be giving the talk “I Love You and I Might Not Like You: Metta as Liberatory Practice.” Sessions include a guided meditation, talk, and Q& discussion. All talks are recorded and accessible post the live session.
Please register here.