The purpose of this meditation is to generate a special feeling of the love a mother has for her child.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking about my own wife and children. I thought Mother and toddlerabout the relationship they have and how my wife loves our children unconditionally. I thought that this was perhaps due to her physical relationship with them. They have all spent nine months growing in her womb and when they were born, they were as much a part of her body as her own arms or legs. While she breast fed them, this remained the case.

I thought about how having this relationship with another human being would feel. Certainly I played a (n enjoyable) part in producing our children, but from my side I can still regard them  as independent human beings. I thought about how a mother may feel her children always to be much more a physical part of herself, and as such be more mindful and caring for them. They are part of her, but also their own persons.

I decided that this was a good object of meditation, so I focused on it, and it seemed to me that if only we could all remember our relationship with others, namely that we have given birth to them, and that they have given birth to us, that being kind and well disposed to others would be completely natural. It would seem that any wish to cause harm to another living being would be completely crazy – why on earth would anyone want to do that!

I focused on this thought that mothers have a special female connection with their children, making them objects of pure unconditional affection, and stayed with it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings practice affectionate love for others, as if they were their only child.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember to imagine a mother/child relationship with everyone I meet.