The purpose of yesterday’s meditation was to transform my self-cherishing completely into a feeling of cherishing others.

I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then thought about how I spend so much time cherishing myself and all it brings me is pain. I need to completely abandon self-cherishing and cherish only others. I imagined my self cherishing as energy directed towards myself, and my self disappearing so that this energy passed through the place where I was and sent out in all directions towards others.

The purpose of today’s meditation was to develop great compassion for all living beings. I started my remembering my decision to cherish them completely and love them unconditionally. I then turned my mind to their suffering. All living beings around me are suffering. They are falling ill and are in pain. They are losing loved ones and having to live out their days alone. They are having their loved ones injured and killed in wars, or by cruel regimes. They are constantly having their wishes frustrated, and slowly realising that they are working harder and harder for less and less. All my colleages at work complain that they work so hard – years go by and they find that they have had so few experiences which are memorably happy. It is as if they are waiting for happiness, but happiness will not come.

I thought about their suffering, and naturally I developed the wish that they be free from their suffering. How wonderful it would be if they could experience genuine peace and happiness every day! I focused on this wish.

Dedication

May all living beings be free from suffering.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my determination to cherish others and remember their suffering, and I will try to feel genuine compassion for all.