The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong belief that it is quite possible for us to have forgotten that we are closely related to all other living beings.

DementiaI began with the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then started by thinking of the way in which my mind is beginningless. I have had many past lives, each with a loving mother. How can these mothers have forgotten me? Their gross mindfulness comes to an end at death, so their memory of their children simply vanishes. I know this happens even in this life. My mother has dememtia, and she has forgotten me. To her, I have never existed – even though we are both still alive.

Given that this can happen even in one lifetime, is it any wonder that we do not remember our relationships from life to life?

I considered what it would be like to remember these relationships. What would it be like to remember and recognise our mothers? I asked myself this, and I focused on the idea of how I would feel if I could see everyone as my mother. I would naturally develop an extremely warm and kindly feeling to towards them. What a lovely feeling. I focused on this for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings rediscover their true relationships, and quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will continue to remind myself that everyone I meet – is my mother.