The purpose of this meditation is to develop affectionate love for all living beings by remembering their kindness, and then to meditate on this love in light of the fact that all living beings are our mothers.

I began by focusing on my breath until my mind had calmed, and then moved on to the rest of the meditation.

I focused on the way in which I am completely dependent on others for any spiritual progress. All other living beings act as objects for my love, patience, giving etc. Without them I could not grow. I thought about this and developed a very sincere thankfullness and appreciation of the kindness of others. I let my mind rest on this feeling.

After some time I moved on to the second part of the meditation where I thought about what this feeling means in light of the fact that all living beings are my mother. Mothers naturally care for their children and want them to be happy. In this way all living beings are still acting in their natural way, because they are helping me attain pure happiness. With this added understanding, I returned to my meditation on affectionate love, and remained there for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings remember the kindness of their mothers, and develop affectionate love so that they quickly attain the happiness of full enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep a mind of affectionate love towards all living beings – accepting them and not judging them.

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