Nurturing and soothing ourselves is rejuvenating, so that we have altogether more benevolent energy for relating to others and the world around us.

A quiet(er) mind is a place we can more readily be present, which makes us available to care for ourselves and others.

Joy plays a crucial role in our motivation, especially in sustaining motivation over a prolonged period of time.

Equanimity is engaged – we don’t stop caring, but we do stay calm.

Through compassion our lives become an expression of all that we understand and care about and value.

If we look very carefully, we realize that after our basic needs have been met, what we really want are certain mind states.

When we truly love ourselves, we want to take care of others, because that is what is most enriching, or nourishing, for us.

How you are in relationship to this moment influences the quality and character of the next moment. In this way, we can shape the future by taking care of the present.

Deep listening is the essence of mindfulness – a cultivating of intimacy with your own life unfolding, as if it really mattered. And it does.

Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.

Taking care of this moment can have a remarkable effect on the next one.