The purpose of this meditation is to generate a wish to free oneself from the suffering of this life and future lives.

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then began by contemplating my own suffering. At the moment I do not have much suffering. I am relatively fit and healthy for a 47 year old. It might be easy think that I have no suffering. But of course my life is full of suffering. I cannot sit still for more than a few minutes without having to move because I am getting stiff. Even when I am asleep – supposedly completely relaxed – I am moving, tossing and turning. I have to work. I have to be separated from the people I love, and I come into contact with people whom I do not like.

But all this will pale into insignificance soon when I develop arthritis, heart disease or cancer – or all three. I cannot see a way out of this life without some serious suffering along the way.

And all this disease, manifest pain and misery will pale into insignificance when I have to encounter what happens in my future lives.

No – enough is enough. I have to escape samsara. Even if all my future lives are human, the scale of the suffering is almost unimaginable. I need to escape from this cycle of meaningless suffering.

I contemplated these points and I felt like I need to step into another self – a pure self free from mental pain. I decided that I could do this immediately. I need to assume the role of a liberated being which sees all phenomena as illusory, and which cannot suffer.

I felt like I was that person – liberated and free – and remembered that I need to do this to avoid the suffering of this and future lives. I was filled with the wish to be free, and focused on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings be free from their suffering through the attainment of liberation.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to consciously assume the role of a liberated being, and see the world as a liberated being would.