May my life be for the benefit of all beings

 

During the initial awakening phase, this was a daily and ongoing prayer:

May my life be for the benefit of all beings.

And during the next phase, the dark night, it went in the background. My resources went more to my own immediate concerns, and that’s very understandable.

Now, it seems to gradually come back.

May my life be for the benefit of all beings.

It’s a natural wish. It’s the other side of the coin of wishing to live from clarity and love. It’s what tends to happen when I live more from clarity, sincerity, and love. And it feels much better to find love and well wishing for myself, others and the world.

And it’s also a natural wish when it’s all seen as a seamless whole.

Finding love for others is finding love for myself. Anything I see in others is something I can find in myself. So why not find love for it? Not finding love is painful and creates separation, finding love feels nurturing, is freeing, and gives me a sense of coming home. More practically, by finding love for my own images, thoughts, emotions and sensations, there is a natural love for the wider world.

My images of the world is – in a very real sense – my world, the world as it appears to me. These are the images I live with, and the world I live with. So why not wish the best for these images? Why not find love for them, as they are?

What I am is what the world – what thought may call inner and outer – happens within and as, and that includes any image or sense of an I, and identification with this or not.

In addition, the prayer helps me notice any resistance to it, welcome this resistance, see it comes from an innocent wish to protect me and love, and notice and perhaps inquire into any beliefs here and find what’s more true for me. And these beliefs may be that it’s better to live for the benefit of all beings, that it’s possible, that it’s not possible, that something terrible will happen if I do, that I am not up to it, etc.

This prayer also helps me explore my own images and thoughts of what I see as helpful and not, perhaps take a closer look at them, and notice that reality is free of any of these assumptions.

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