Taking & Sending Meditation
This mediation can be done for yourself, for your lovedone, or for groups of people (the world, your family, yourco-workers etc.). The person or people you are doing itfor do not need to be present for the meditation. This is agood exercise for a caregiver to do for themselves. If youare feeling anxious about your loved one's death, forexample, you can visualize the "anxious caregiver". Anypart of you or someone else that needs compassion canbe addressed with this mediation.
The Meditation: Taking with Compassion & Sendingwith Love
* We will illustrate the meditation in terms of thecaregiver doing the mediation for the person who is ill,but it can be applied to any circumstance.Caregiver: Bring the mind home. Rest in the nature of compassion. If you choose, invoke a deity who representscompassion to you. Become aware of your loved one'ssuffering. Begin to generate compassion for her. Begin tofeel a wish that she be free of suffering. You feel the wishso deeply that you become willing to take the sufferingfrom her.As you breathe in you visualize your loved one's sufferingcongealing into dark smoke and coming out of her bodyand coming into every pore of your body and into thecenter of your heart.As you breathe out you visualize that you're sending yourloving kindness and healing as white moonlight.