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.

This is what the Buddha called the greatest happiness: to know peace unchanged by changing conditions.

Kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. They teach us to live in this world fearlessly.

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

Equanimity is a calm, grounded, open mind that has room to hold all of our experiences, including our own and others’ need and pain.

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

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.

To see things as they are, to see the changing nature, to see the impermanence, to see that constant flow of pleasant and painful events outside our control — that is freedom.

The practice of equanimity is learning deeply what it means to let go.

The loving mind can observe joy and peace in one moment, and then grief in the next moment, and it will not be shattered by the change.

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

When we are less burdened by our self agenda, we do not have anything to prove. We do not need to be seen in a particular way. We can have less pretensions and more openness, more honesty.

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.

“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

“The Dalai Lama seems amused by everything that is going on around him, taking pleasure in whatever is going on, but not taking anything too personally. Not worrying or taking offense at whatever is happening.” – Daniel Goleman

One of the most profound examples of what a prayerful and meditative life can give us is that pause; the freedom to respond instead of react.

“It is easy for a bird to hurt a horse whose back is wounded; it is easy for circumstances to hurt one who is fearful, but they have no power over one who is stable.” — Tibetan sage

You can tune into your breathing for brief moments throughout the day, and in that way, bring greater awareness to your life unfolding in whatever circumstances you find yourself.

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

It is a big step toward reclaiming our lives when we realize that, no matter what their content, good, bad, or ugly, we do not have to take our thoughts personally.

Awareness is our only capacity robust enough to balance thinking.

Who is that person who can stay calm in the situation of distress? Each of us is that person. We count on each other.

Equanimity is a quality of strength and inner poise that allows us to respond to the world of experience without fear and hesitation.

The qualities of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity exclude no one — their cultivation is dedicated to the well-being, peace, and freedom of heart of all beings.

With compassion we come to trust our capacity to open to life without armoring.

The capacity to be mindful, to observe without being caught in our experience, is both remarkable and liberating.

‘Develop a mind that is vast like space, where experiences both pleasant and unpleasant can appear and disappear without conflict, struggle, or harm.’ — from the Majjhima Nikaya

“If there is a cure, what good is discontent? If there is no cure, what good is discontent?” — Shantideva