The purpose of this meditation is to generate a super strong feeling of compassion for all living beings.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by recalling a special method of generating compassion. I imagined that there had been a dreadful earthquake, and in a matter of moments all the buildings around me had been reduced to rubble. The gas and water services had been ruptured – no heat, no light, no way to wash and no taps to drink from. I made my way back to my house, passing other people frantically pulling at the rubble of their own houses, looking for their family. I found my house, just like all the rest, a jumbled pile of bricks and wood and glass. I look around but I couldn’t see any of earthquake housemy family. I got onto the rubble and started pulling off the bricks one at a time. Eventually I pulled out a sheet of plasterboard and found my son and daughter. It looked like my son had tried to protect my daughter from the falling debris. He was dead, and she died in my arms.

I tried to imagine what that would really feel like. It was devastating and heart breaking.

After a while, I told myself that this is just my imagination, but for other people in the world, this is their reality today. Earthquakes happen all the time and tragedies like my nightmare happen all the time. I thought about all these suffering people, and my heart went out to them.

I made the determination – may everyone be free from this terrible suffering. I focused on it and kept my mind on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings develop compassion for others – even those who have harmed us or those who criticise us.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my wish for all living beings to be free from suffering.