The purpose of this meditation is to develop a strong feeling of affectionate love for all living beings by remembering their kindness, and then to reflect on this in the light of the sufferings of the lower realms.

I began the meditation by thinking about the kindness of my mother during my life – how kind she has been to me when I was a child and then as I was growing into an adult. Even now she remembers me and thinks of me. I also thought about all my other kind mothers who are helping me now. My spiritual life depends completely on them.

I felt an appreciation and gratefulness in my heart. I stayed with this feeling for a while.

I then wondered what the sufferings of lower realms mean for this feeling. By remembering the kindness of mother living beings and feeling affectionate love for them, I will avoid performing negative actions, thus reducing my exposure to the sufferings of lower realms. The feeling seemed like protection to me, and I stayed with this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings develop heartfelt gratitude and affectionate love for their kind mothers, and become Buddhas for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember that all living beings are my kind mothers and see the ways in which they help me – either overtly or by being the object of my giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, compassion or wisdom.

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