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!”

All human beings have eighty-three problems. The eighty-forth problem is that we don’t want to have any problems.

We learn to incline our hearts toward the qualities that ennoble our lives and liberate the moment from fear, ill will, and confusion.

The intentional cultivation of kindness, joy, compassion, and equanimity is an antidote to the habits and impulses of greed, hatred, and delusion.

Equanimity is staying calm no matter what life throws at us – pleasure and pain, likes and dislikes, success and failure, praise and blame, fame and disrepute.

Whenever we forget the larger perspective, we become lost in the moment’s little drama. Lost in aversion, we forget our capacity to love.

Aversion is like a rainstorm, arising and passing away. It is not I, not me, not mine.

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

To truly walk the Middle Way of the Buddha, to avoid the extremes of addiction and self-hatred, we must walk in friendship with ourselves as well as with all beings.

When we make the courageous choice to be still, rather than running away, we have the chance to establish a relationship with what is.

Meditation is a profound way to develop our ability to escape our fight-or-flight reflex, and extend the pause between stimulus and response.

The curriculum of this adventure we call living is always what is unfolding in this moment, whether we like what is happening or not.

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