I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation.
After breathing out my distractions began by contemplating the benefits cherishing others. To cherish others means to believe that the happiness of others is important and the freedom from suffering of others is important. In short cherishing others simply means wanting others to be happy.
I thought about each member of my family and imagined making them happy and seeing their face smiling back at me. I went through each member of my family and imagined their smiling face.
The strange thing was that as I saw their smiling face, I was filled with happiness.
I focused on this feeling of joy (and it’s meaning) for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings make the connection.