An ancient Buddhist meditation technique that is applicable to
any religion and even to the non-religious, is wonderful at teaching
appreciation and compassion for others.
It is done thusly: Survival depends on the efforts of other
people. Relax your mind, body, and emotions and contemplate on all the
ways you are dependent on others.
For example, if no one grew grain and no one brought it to market
and no one manufactured it into bread, how would we eat? If no one dug
up metal from the earth and no one turned it into steel and no one
formed it into parts, how would we have a car to drive? And if no one
cleared land and no one paved over it, how would we have a road to drive
on? And so on and so on.
With this meditation, one becomes warm toward others where
previously coldness, uncaring, or even looking down upon others existed.
The meditative tradition holds that compassion and humility are the two
most important components of spritiual growth. This meditation