The purpose of this meditation is to develop a wonderful feeling of affectionate love for all living beings, and then to meditate on this feeling with single pointed concentration.

I began by wishing to break samsara. It is a constant experience of suffering and misery without end, and I must break it, for my own sake and for the sake of all other living beings. I resolved to meditate this morning with this intention.

I then began the first stage of the meditation by dissolving my body into light, and mixing my mind with the calm, clear, settled and still mind of my Guru.

After a while of enjoying this very tranquil experience, I moved on…

EnjoyI began by thinking about how I have recognised that I have emotional bridges to all living beings and that so far all they have been used for is to channel their kindness to me. Now I need to pour my affectionate love out along these bridges to all other living beings. I started by visualising my family, one at a time, and giving them my love. Then I mentally went around my office and gave love to all my colleagues. Then I imagined the whole office building, then the whole town, then the whole world full of living beings, and connected to them with my love.

I remembered that living beings have no faults, and so my emotional bridge went directly to their true nature, their pure nature, rather than their deluded and suffering nature. When I relate to people in this way, there is no difficulty in loving them, because I can see their true nature is peace and love too.

It felt like I was permeated by love for others, and completely protected so that harm was not even something that existed outside my protection. My love filled the entire universe.

It was blissful and lovely and one of those meditations you just don’t want to end… But of course it had to end. However, I resolved to try to keep the feeling of pervasive love for everyone in my heart for as long as I possibly can outside the meditation session.

Dedication

May all living beings draw joy from their minds of love, and quickly become enlightened beings for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Mediation Break

I will try to keep my affectionate love in my mind, and constantly feel this love in my heart for all living beings.