The purpose of this meditation is to generate equanimity towards all living beings, and then to contemplate this equanimity in light of the kindness of all living beings.

I began with breathing meditation, focusing in on my breath and trying to calm the choppy waters of my mind. Gradually my mind calmed and I was able to enjoy a relaxed but alert awareness of my breathing.

I then began thinking about the appearances of other living beings. A quote from Machiavelli sprang to mind which I saw on Facebook recently:

“For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.”

This and quotes like it tell me that Buddhism is simply the collection of wisdom which is apparent to all those who look for truth with a logical mind.

I thought about how my perceptions of others are deceptive, and the opinions I naturally create based on the superficial  appearances of others are unreliable. Like most people, I jump to conclusions and treat others like two dimensional cardboard cut-outs, rather than multi-faceted beings.

I resolved to remember that my judgements are flawed, and that the only sensible reaction to others is one of warmth and friendliness. I focused on this for a while.

I then thought about what this means in light of the kindness of others. The kindness of others is often hidden from me. Even the most violent killers often have a very caring relationship with animals or family members. No one is truly without goodness. And even those who need to be separated from others for the most despicable crimes should still be regarded with warmth and friendliness, despite being incarcerated.  I focused on these points and returned to my wish to treat everyone with warmth and friendliness.

Dedication

May all living beings see the way things really are and relate to them rather then the way things appear, and through this wisdom quickly attain the path of no more learning for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will remember to treat everyone with warmth and friendliness because whatever their appearance may be, it is the only attitude which makes logical sense.

Meditation 9/7