Enjoy your practice with a relaxed and gentle attitude, with an open mind and a receptive heart.

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!”

A little kindness and gentleness toward yourself is a wiser and more skillful response to feeling threatened than any amount of analytical problem solving.

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” – Jane Austen

With greater self-compassion, we can be gentler and more patient with our own perceived failings.

Bring an attitude of gentleness and compassion to yourself at every turn.

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.