Love here is the power to commune with persons in the goodness of their being, while wishing them deeply well. Your benefactors are those who have quietly extended such love to you, often in little moments long forgotten. A benefactor moment is a moment you can recall when someone was with you in a simple loving way, taking joy in you, in a moment of play, laughter, care, deep listening to you, or quiet caring presence.
Practice the meditations of “Innate Love and Wisdom” for some months before taking up these meditations regularly. Recall the meaning of love – loving care senses beings in their unconditional worth and wishes them deeply well. Recall the meaning of compassion – the power of loving care for persons that empathizes with them in their sufferings and wishes them deeply free from the suffering so they can be deeply well.
Compassionate Mindfulness of Body: Sit with a comfortably straight back, eyes open gazing downward, chin down, hands comfortably on lap. Take a long, deep, cleansing breath. Now come down from the thinking mind into the body, settling into the felt sense of the body as a whole.
This meditation, adapted from the mandala offering ritual of Tibetan Buddhism, provides a profound way to communicate with your Buddha nature. Imaging your Buddha nature before you as the Buddha provides a symbolic way to offer yourself completely to your deepest nature and become more receptive to its qualities—all-pervasive love, compassion, openness and wisdom.
In Buddhist understanding, the inner power to feel happy and joyful is a natural capacity of the mind’s nature that manifests within in positive attitudes and actions of compassion, honesty, generosity, patience, kindness, deep peace, and so forth.