The purpose of this meditation is to strengthen our conviction that all living beings are our mother, and then reflect on what this means in the light of our precious human life.

I began by remembering that all the living beings around me have been my kind mother in our past lives. Just because they cared for me many lifetimes ago does not change the fact that they were my mother. I thought deeply about this and it seemed to me that I was standing, surrounded by my mothers. All living beings were essentially my mother. It is only because our external appearances have changed that we do not recognise each other.

I felt a deep warmth to all living beings with the additional recognition that they are my mothers, and I stayed with that feeling for a while.

Then I considered what this means in the light of my precious human life. In this life I have had an extremely kind mother, who cared for me more than anyone else. My kind mother was one of the most important endowments of my human life, and it was only possible to meet her by my having this precious human life. It seemed that although all living beings were my mother, they became extremely precious and rare, and my care for them became more intense. I remained with this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings recognise the true nature of other living beings, and thereby become enlightened for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will retain the recognition that all living beings are my mother, and continue to deepen my affectionate love for them all.