The purpose of this meditation is to generate the sincere wish to cherish only others, and then to meditate on this wish in light of great compassion.

I began with breathing meditation and then when my mind was settled, I moved on to the main topic.

I contemplated how in every moment we can cherish others. We can cherish others when we are with them, and we can cherish others when we are away from them. I once heard a curious phrase in an American adult drama, where the characters, when they wanted to tell one another that they wished them well, would say ‘I will keep a good thought for you’.

I thought about how true this is. We can always keep a good thought for others, and by being familiar with this attitude, we will slowly find that it becomes increasingly difficult to become angry or irritated by others. We will come to see that living beings have no faults, and therefore there is no basis for irritation or anger.

In this way, we remain happy all the time, abiding in good thoughts for others. I thought about how beautiful this is, and how our world will become completely mixed with happiness if we always keep a good thought for others. I focused on this idea for a long while, and experienced what it would feel like – beautifully peaceful and filled with love…

After this, I contemplated what this means in light of great compassion.

Great compassion depends on our love for others, because even if we truly understand their suffering, if we do not love others, we will not generate the wish to free them from their suffering. With this in mind, I returned to my mind of cherishing love with the understanding that it will lead directly to further realisations of wishing love and compassion…

Dedication

May all living beings see that all the happiness in the world comes from cherishing others, and quickly attain all the realisations of the stages of the path, including liberation and enlightenment, for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will keep a good thought for others.