Hold the recurrent patterns of both mind and body in the accepting and openhearted embrace of awareness.

Being mindful means that we suspend judgement for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.

When we undertake a spiritual practice, it is important that we open to all that arises, that we recognize, acknowledge, and accept everything we feel.

We purify the mind of the force of craving by not trying to control the uncontrollable.

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition defines renunciation as accepting what comes into our lives and letting go of what leaves our lives.

When we accept the present, we can forgive and release the desire for a different past.

When we accept what is happening now, we can be curious about what might happen next.

We converged on eight pillars of joy. Four were qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor and acceptance. Four were qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity.

One virtue of the cultivation of mindfulness is to help us to turn toward that which we are most impelled to turn away from.

Don’t try to become a buddha. Just enjoy sitting meditation and accept yourself as you are.