Practice of Metta and the English Problem, by John Aske


Photo from Buddhism Now post of 5/3/17

I just read this interesting article from Buddhism Now. It seems that resistance to experiencing or acknowledging having truly loving feelings toward the self might also be an American problem, or perhaps simply a Western problem. But I suspect that cultivating Metta, or loving kindness, toward the self is quite difficult for many of us living human beings. What is especially wonderful about John Aske’s very British difficulty with Metta, is how he used his successful conduit into Metta to address and eliminate his depression!

Read on to enjoy this most Buddhist perspective on a most ubiquitous Western malady, by clicking on the link below.

Source: Practice of metta and the English Problem, by John Aske



4 thoughts on “Practice of Metta and the English Problem, by John Aske

  1. Thank you, Ruth. I thought the conduit via natural beauty and wildlife was a wonderful way for Aske to transcend his resistance. There’s wisdom in there for us all!

  2. I think that the monotheistic religions did a lot to create shame and prevent people from feeling loving kindness toward themselves. If you are ‘born in sin’; if you are a woman and therefore a ‘temptress’ or a man and therefore a ‘sinner’ (by thought alone, even if responding to natural normal biological responses); if you are constantly told you are essentially ‘gravitating to evil’ or ‘prone to sin’ and need constant absolution or risk losing your soul to the ‘devil’ or losing your place in the afterlife for the mere questioning of rules or the world or your own badness …
    It is little surprise that many in the world who follow monotheistic religions are walking around feeling rather bad about themselves (or bad about NOT feeling bad about themselves–i.e. the sin of ‘pride’…).
    Not to vilify religion, there is no escaping the reality that the Church historically ruled by submission and intimidation. Natives were “savages” to be oppressed till they conformed. Women were to be “kept in their place” and be reminded of being the harbingers of sin and the constant distraction to men’s possible attainment of spirituality, children were to be formed and controlled, other religions were to be forced “into the fold” or suffer the consequences … It is very difficult to cultivate loving kindness when one is taught intimidation, superiority, and fear.
    Thankfully today there is more and more awareness of the fluid nature of spirituality, and of the difference between grandiosity and self-acceptance (not all in government seem to understand it yet … but hey, humanity is work in progress …). More and more people are returning to the roots of soul and community: compassion, thoughtfulness, mindfulness, inter-connectedness, empathy, love-of-all (including love of self).
    Namaste, my friend!

  3. I couldn’t have said this better myself! Organized religion, or much of the Abrahamic religious variations, has created a vast web of dos and dont’s that hold billions captive. Yes, it’s wonderful that more are returning to the roots of soul and community. Namasté indeed! Hugs, S

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