The purpose of this meditation is to develop a warm and friendly feeling of equanimity, and then to meditate on this in light of the disadvantages of self-cherishing.

I began the meditation with a nice long breathing meditation session, and then moved on to the main topic.

I thought about how the different teams in Euro 2012 are like people we know. The teams we (England) don’t play are rather like those people who we know but we don’t have strong feelings about. The other teams in our group are like enemies. Some of them, depending on how the games go, will become our friends as they knock out other teams.

I thought about how following a team actually ruins the experience of the tournament. The attachment we have to our own team means that we experience suffering when they are playing their matches. If we simply watched the football matches and enjoyed the drama and the skill, then each match could be thrilling and exciting.

Our attachment to friends and our hatred of our enemies sets our mind off balance and cause us suffering.

I thought about how wonderful it would be to have a balanced mind filled with equanimity – allowing us to have a smooth mind without sufferings. I focused on this for a while.

I then considered what this means in light of the disadvantages of self-cherishing.

It is self-cherishing that believes my happiness and freedom are most important, and that I need to be attached to my friends and I need to dislike my enemies. Without self-cherishing I will be free to keep a happy balanced mind. I kept my mind on this wish for freedom and balance f0r the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings find equanimity, and quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to maintain a mind of equanimity and keep a balanced, warm and friendly attitude to others.