How do you love someone who is scared and who scares you?
I was reminded of this question, posed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book "Open Heart, Open Mind," this week as I watched the Internet react to what we might term "difficult people" in our metta practice -- Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a Connecticut woman who filmed the bears who followed her on a walk in the woods.
Back in June, at the beginning of the summer, IDP decided to offer a weekly Metta/Lovingkindness Meditation practice, on Fridays from 6-7pm. When planning the offering, I wondered if anyone would attend - sometimes it's quiet during the summer, especially on weekends. Also, new offerings at IDP take time to grow and for people to learn about them, so the first few dates can start off with just a few students. Other times, the scheduling is inconvenient or the topic just doesn't appeal to our community, and the event is cancelled due to lack of interest.