Flancia, or the loving kindness revolution!
What is loving kindness?
Loving kindness, or mettā, is a meditation technique where you intentionally cultivate positive, happy, loving thoughts and feelings: thoughts of good will towards yourself and others, and feelings of happiness, unconditional love, joy, and care. Loving kindness is relatively easy, extremely enjoyable – even blissful – and it can genuinely change your life.
flancian: love it! Thank you for linking it here. I've noded it in the path of love and added it to my reading list.
- Loved the beginning. Would you like to be friends?
- It is amazing that you studied with Shinzen! I read him and sat with his app, but never attended a retreat.
How does Flancia relate to loving kindness?
- flancian: You could say Flancia came about as an exploration of solidarity through meditation in general and loving kindness in particular. In general I like to think of the project as influenced (in the sense that some of the good in its sources remains?) by Buddhist teachings and philosophy, perhaps most directly that of Peter Singer.
What is the loving kindness revolution?
flancian It is essentially a theme I would love us to explore together: in which ways (ideally of increasing specificity?) would the world be different if ever greater groups agreed to work incrementally towards the common good, leaving their small selves behind and reaching a state of mutual understanding -- not necessarily in that order? :)
- In thinking of this I am inspired by systems thinking (you could say by my life experience), satyagraha (in being forceful, but not violent) and most of all by the bodhisattva path (in wanting to work for the benefit of all beings).
- My current best known proposal such a revolution is described, mostly piecemeal, in this Agora.
- Open document (Hedgedoc) at https://doc.anagora.org/loving-kindness-revolution
- Video call (Jitsi) at https://meet.jit.si/loving-kindness-revolution