The purpose of this meditation was to take on my own future suffering and the suffering of all living beings.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then settled to contemplate my current suffering – my blocked ears.  Not permanent or life threatening thankfully, but still disruptive and distressing. I reminded myself that this is a sign of the suffering and illness that is inevitable. At the age of 46, my body will soon start to become more and more ill. I contemplated how I will become subject to more and more illnesses as I age, and then, my reward for enduring this suffering will be death.

I brought all this suffering to mind, and imagined it as black smoke. I brought the smoke into my heart and let it destroy my self-cherishing. Free from self-cherishing, I am also free from suffering. Although my body will decay, I will remain untroubled, and free from suffering. I focused in this feeling for a while, and then thought about how all my kind mothers are in the same position, I took on their sufferings too.

I focused on all our sufferings being gone, and developed joy. I remained on this thought for the rest of the meditation,


May all living beings be free from their suffering.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remain mindful of my love for all living beings, and take on their suffering.