Developing compassion is an essential part of preparing for sending intention.
Our compassion will embrace the world and everyone in it. This sense of universal compassion will be with us as we intend.
Feel compassion for your heart first. Imagine that your compassion is a light that is spreading over your heart.
Breathe in and send a loving thought to yourself. "May I be well and free from suffering", or "I am well and free from suffering."
Breathe out and send this wonderful light from your heart and out into the world.
As you do this, think: "I appreciate the kindness and love of all living creatures. May all others be well."
Let this light first reach those you love, then your good friends, then people you know, and finally to people you dislike or actually hate. As the light reaches each new band of people, say: "May they be well and free from suffering."
Concentrate on the kindness and compassion of all living things, and how they make your life possible, and good.
Imagine what it is like to be somebody else. What is it like to be your parent, your husband, your wife?
How is life for them, with their own fears and dreams, their hopes?
Every day is a call to compassion. You see a beffar in the street, you see people dying on the television news.
When you feel compassion for others, don't brush it aside. Become open and vulnerable, enhance and deepen the feeling.
What are your tips for developing compassion?