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.

Mindfulness is sometimes described as an affectionate attention.

It is very important as a beginner that you understand right from the start that meditation is about befriending your thinking. It’s about holding your thinking gently in awareness, no matter what is on your mind in a particular moment.