Intending to live mindfully offers a chance, renewable in every moment, for greater emotional balance, greater cognitive balance, and greater clarity of mind and heart.

Goodwill and warm curiosity toward our feelings will put us in greater touch with the full experience of each moment of our lives.

The body and its infinite sensations are the repository of, and the messengers for, emotion.

Our breathing is with us wherever we go. No matter what we are doing, feeling, or experiencing. It is always available to help us reconnect our attention to the present moment.

We can learn to observe our thoughts – and our feelings, for that matter – as experiences that come and go in the mind.

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

Our emotions are not the enemy … but messages that reconnect us in the most basic and intimate of ways with the adventure and experience of being alive.

The Buddha saw that our thoughts, emotions, and actions are the primary sources of our suffering. Equally, our thoughts, emotions, and actions can be the source of our joy and freedom.

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

Meditation is a way to develop our ability to act with intention rather than just react out of emotion.

If we see a person who is being crushed by a rock, the goal is not to get under the rock and feel what they are feeling; it is to help to remove the rock.

“When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings. We become our own liberator.” – Desmond Tutu

“The way you see the world, the meaning you give to what you witness, changes the way you feel.” – Jinpa Thupten

In many Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ is the same word. When you hear the word ‘mindfulness’, you have to hear the word ‘heartfulness’ simultaneously to understand what mindfulness really is.

Awareness is a big container and can hold any thought, any emotion, without in the slightest being caught by any of it.

Emotion is only a storm. It comes and it stays for awhile, and then it goes.