The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong belief that all living beings are our mother, and then to meditate on this belief in the light of equanimity.

I began as ever by doing some breathing meditation to bring some focus to my mind.

After a while I started thinking about the contemplation for this meditation given by my kind teacher Geshe Kelsang in his wonderful book, The New Meditation Handbook. He says that because we have had countless rebirths, we must have had countless mothers. Where are these mothers now? They have taken rebirth too, and although we cannot recognise them with our eyes, we can see with our wisdom that they are the living beings around us today.

I thought about all the living beings I meet everyday, and pictured my family and work colleagues as my mother. I felt a deep sense of connection with them. They have all been my mother! I let this feeling of being connected to them grow in my mind, and kept focused on it for a while.

I then moved on the think about how what this connection means in the light of equanimity. Immediately the connection between the meditations was clear. How should we relate to others if our impression of them is simply a projection of our own deluded mind? We should relate to them as our own mother! Our warm and friendly feeling arises naturally when we see living beings as our own kind mother who loves us so dearly.

I returned to thinking about all living beings being my mother, and stayed with the feeling of connection and warm friendliness for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings recognise through logic that all living beings must be their mother, and through this recognition become Buddhas for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to think ‘mother’ whenever I meet someone, and generate positive warmth and friendliness towards them.