Day 13 – EXCHANGING SELF WITH OTHERS

The following meditation is from The New Meditation Handbook, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

13. EXCHANGING SELF WITH OTHERS

Purpose: To exchange the object of our cherishing from ourself to others.

Since beginningless time, in life after life, I have been a slave to my self-cherishing mind. I have trusted it implicitly and obeyed its every command, believing that the way to solve my problems and find happiness is to put myself before everyone else. I have worked so hard for so long for my own sake, but what do I have to show for it? Have I solved all my problems and found the lasting happiness I desire? No. It is clear that pursuing my own selfish interests has deceived me. After having indulged my self-cherishing for so many lives now is the time to realise that it simply does not work. Now is the time to switch the object of my cherishing from myself to all living beings.

Make the strong determination: “I must abandon self-cherishing and cherish only others.”

Reflection:


I am happy for you.

My heart is happy for you.

My spirit is happy for you.

THE UNIVERSE IS HAPPY FOR YOU.

 

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