The purpose of this meditation is to generate completely exchanging my self-cherishing with the cherishing of others.
I began my making appropriate preparations for meditation, and then started by contemplating the faults of self-cherishing. Although self-cherishing is sometimes difficult to identify in our minds, we can be sure it is operating if we feel more concern for ourself than we do for others.
Self-cherishing is based on our natural view that we are more important than others, and this view leads us to want the best for ourself and then to act in non-virtuous ways. It drives us to create the causes of our suffering and it makes us unhappy when we encounter difficult situations.
I contemplated how unhappy self-cherishing makes me feel, and how much better it would be if I could simply cherish others as supreme all the time. I focused on this wish and it felt as if my heart was going out to others, and looking outwards rather than inwards to my ‘self’. It was a most tranquil and peaceful feeling, and I tried to keep my mind focused on it for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings exchange the object of their cherishing from themselves to others, and enjoy perfect peace.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to cherish others throughout the day.