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Meditating on Others
Meditating on Others

In Mark 12:29, Jesus said the two great commandments are:  "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength", and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself".  Meditation helps us to obey these commandments.  When we meditate on God and His word or meditate on our neighbor, we are manifesting and expressing our love for them.

To meditate on another (your neighbor), quietly repeat his or her name.  The mind then will automatically bring up aspects and memories of the person.  Just observe.  Be amazed at the person's uniqueness and wonderfulness.  If at times the mind dwells on a negative aspect, recall that he or she is, like yourself, a child of God.

Meditating on others helps us to broaden ourselves.  Instead of thinking about self, the mind thinks about another.  In that way we become more than ourself; we become one with our neighbor.

Also meditating on a loved one, who we aren't able to see very often, helps us to stay in contact with them.  When we meditate on a loved one, we are inviting them in.