I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and the cleared my mind. 

I began by recollecting that everyone is my kind mother, and focusing on their kindness both now and in the past. 

I contemplated that they are suffering beings trapped in samara just like me. Not only should I feel a warmth and friendliness to them – I should feel a kinship and a sharing of our situation. I moved to feeling a deep sense of caring for them as much as I care for myself, and I focused on this shared caring for the rest of the meditation.  

May we all cherish each other as much as we cherish ourselves. 

VK