Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"An angry hamster looks exactly like an unangry hamster because the anger is within."



yesterday i got tao lin's new book "cognitive behavioral therapy." i read it last night. i really like it. after i read it i felt like i had been inside his head for six months, sitting in his room, drinking his energy drink, feeling kind and confused. here is one of my favorite lines:

my favorite emotions include 'brief calmness
in good weather' and 'i am the only person alive'

also my absolute favorite is "hamsters are heads with little characteristics on the head, part two." it's about a hamster taking a shower and feeling sad, and i really want to type the whole thing here, but i feel like i can't. can i? if enough people say i can, i will.

i am a fan of cognitive behavioral therapy. i have been doing metta meditation, which i think is kind of a cognitive behavioral therapy. possibly that is an offensive statement. but anyway.

metta meditation is when you say blessings for yourself, and learn self-compassion. and then once you've got that knocked out, you say blessings for a friend, a neutral person, then an enemy. and then you gradually come to feel compassion or "lovingkindness" for all things.

it's good for people who hate themselves. you might not think you hate yourself but odds are you probably do.

10 comments:

Meghan said...

Is there metta medication? I would totally do that if it was a pill.

Meghan said...

Also, Megan says you're required to move. We must leave the 60622 zip code to the younger generation. And to those people in Cubs jerseys who play the beanbag game Cornhole.

Sarah said...

Those people are everywhere. I can't wait till the "thud thud" at twilight begins.

Also, I totally did that metta meditation in yoga teacher training class, except I didn't know what it was. It made me bawl in a quiet and secret way so that nobody could see I was bawling.

Kathy said...

i'm not moving! i love hipsters! i love street grime! i love living next to the broken down kmart!

Megan said...

metta is good. secret bawling is good. it also sounds like a sneaky fetish...i am positive that i have SAD; the weather is making me deliriously happy and self-absorbed within my own happiness...

Megan said...

i love how much they use the word "sweetness" in the lovingkindness article. it makes life seem so adorable!

Megan said...

also, we should all read a book about metta for venom literati. meghan, you can then translate metta into pill form.

Kathy said...

i'm positive that i have SAD too, seeing as since the sun has come out i have changed into a different person. i don't even need diet coke anymore. i think i can live on sunlight if i really try.

Kathy said...

oh also, the book i'm reading on metta meditation is called "lovingkindess" by sharon saltzberg. it is good.

Meghan said...

I think sunlight and red bull do the same thing as nicotine. But eventually you need more and more of them to be equally or less happy.

Kathy, you should rent my hipster apartment then. Dishwasher and central air conditioning! And I mopped.