About the prayer I’ve been sending you every day

Dear President Trump,

On this first President’s Day of your presidency I think it’s fitting that I explain a bit about the prayer I’ve been sending you every day for the last week. It is formally called a loving-kindness meditation or a metta and it was what the Buddha taught monks to say when they were afraid. In practice one typically says the prayer for oneself, then for a benefactor, then for a beloved, then for a stranger, then for the most difficult person in your life, then for all beings.

I am sending it to you daily because you are the most difficult person in my life right now. The idea is that even the most difficult person, one who has perhaps caused great harm, is still a person and it helps the prayer’s soul to send love and to let go of hate and fear. I think it is quite similar to Jesus’s teaching to love your enemies.

Love will win with you or without you. I hope that ultimately, for your sake, it gets some real help from you, but either way, I’ll keep praying for you. Love will prevail.

May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May your life unfold and intersect with ease.

Sincerely,
Tracy Simpson

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