This 30 day challenge overlaps with Libra season and the celebration of my 40th year on this strange miraculous Earth, so I will be sharing a daily photo, old journal entry or card I’ve saved, from my four decades of memories. I will reflect on what was happening in my life at that time and do a meditation— sending metta to the younger version of myself and people who have loved me a long the way. I’ll be using my Instagram www.instagram.com/MuMuMansion as a place to share some of my practice visually, primarily in my IG stories. I’ll be using #BPF30day hashtag. Feel free to check it to follow along on how others are using this challenge to commit to practices that serve our spirits and the community.
Like most folks, the road to this milestone, has been long and bumpy. It’s a pleasure to be able to look back over the visual timeline of my life to see all the versions of me and phases I lived through. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I do not take being alive, or the celebration of my triumphs, lightly. As a rigorous documentarian, I feel fortunate to be able to reminisce on all the people, scenes, styles and stories that make up the book of my life thus far. I’ll be sending healing energy towards all the little Melindas—and those that had an impact on how I’ve evolved in this lifetime.
I’m honored to be able to do this reflective meditation practice within the embrace of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. As a Buddhist with a lifelong commitment to social justice, it has been a struggle for me to find spaces that speak to the intersection of those worlds. Finding BPF felt like a deep exhale—a place led by, and centering BIPOC and queer voices, in the struggle to Block harm and oppression, Build creative solutions, and Be in alignment with our highest truths. Thousands of people from across the world take BPF's online courses or read free articles, and hundreds apply to attend the annual Block Build Be gathering. BPF serves and shapes social movements by reminding us that we don't have to choose between being spiritual or political — we can be our full selves! BPF is proud to serve a highly diverse community committed to radical change: change that happens at the roots of racial, gender, and economic oppression and transformation. On average, at the annual Block Build Be gatherings:
85% of folks identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, or People of Color
81% identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or pansexual
31% identify as trans, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, or two-spirit a
24% identify as chronically ill or disabled.
Together we grow collective wisdom, and generous giving toward wealth redistribution is a foundational part of our economic ethos.
Thank you in advance for giving to support this challenge, to celebrate my life, and to help the important work BPF does in the community. As an extra thank-you, Get your own lovely T-shirt as a perk with a $30 donation the first week of the challenge (Sept 17-23), and with a $50 donation after that. These Buddhist Peace Fellowship shirts are quite popular, and only available as public gifts so they can’t be bought!
Thank you for being here--and loving all the versions of me.
Deep bows, love, and liberation,