Enjoy your practice with a relaxed and gentle attitude, with an open mind and a receptive heart.

Gently asking “What is this?” when we encounter an unpleasant experience keeps the mind from leaping in with “I hate this — get me out of here!”

Mindfulness embodies approach: interest, openness, curiosity, goodwill and compassion.

Mindfulness is hardly passive resignation. It is a stance by which we intentionally welcome and turn toward whatever arises.

Being mindful means we approach situations with openness, even if we notice that they bring up feelings such as fear.

Contemplative practice gives us a way to quiet our mind from within – not by running away from it, but by approaching it; not by distracting it, but by applying it.

Hatred can never cease by hatred. Hatred can only cease by love. This is an eternal law. — The Buddha

“As we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreak without being broken.” – Desmond Tutu

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