This project is an invitation to create your own (secular) ethical mindfulness practice.
Each prompt consists mainly of a series of questions for creative contemplation – and/or for a free writing session with an ethical perspective that will help you create material that you can shape however you like: a poem, a bit of memoir, a piece of prose.
I hope that these weekly prompts will encourage you to create your own creative and personal alternatives (or supplements) to traditional seated meditation, or therapeutic writing practice.
Why “Nothing But Metta4”?
In the Pali language, Metta means loving-kindness or compassion. Bhavana means the practice of cultivating something. Buddhism’s Metta Bhavana is a form of meditation focused on the development of unconditional love for all beings. The practice has been adopted by the West as what is commonly called Loving-Kindness Meditation.
The historical Buddha’s understanding of the world was that everything we think we know is an illusion. And, in my mind, this means that everything we think we know is a metaphor for everything that is.
The weekly writing and meditation prompts are inspired by the 8 limbs of yoga practice, the “middle way” of the historical Buddha, Western concepts of “mindfulness”, and loving-kindness meditation.
The Handbound Gift Books
The handbound chapbooks include nature photos, short poems, and prose meditations -as well as blank pages for your own thoughts. Each chapbook is printed in a limited series: 84 pages, 14 x 10 cm, bound with French Link stitching. They are beautiful gifts for writers, aspiring writers, and yoga practitioners.