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.

Intentionally holding something in awareness is already an affirmation that it can be faced, named, and worked with.

We can transform a cascade of reactions into a series of choice points.

The intention in mindfulness practice is not to forcibly control the mind, but to perceive clearly its healthy and harmful patterns.

If our mind wanders 100 times during a period of formal practice, then we simply, and good-naturedly, bring it back 100 times.

To pay attention to the here and now, we need intention, not force.

Mindfulness is hardly passive resignation. It is a stance by which we intentionally welcome and turn toward whatever arises.

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to things as they are.

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

Intention is the forerunner of our thoughts, words, and acts and all the ways we interface with the world.

Our quiet, concentration, and awareness skills help us guide our mind the way we would like it to go.

Living, as much as possible, with conscious intention is the first step of transformation.

It is essential that we take delight in our own happiness as a perfect expression of our basic motivation to be free.

We can choose to transform our minds so that they embody love, or we can allow them to develop habits and false concepts of separation.

The Dalai Lama’s very first thought upon waking is a prayer of love and compassion, dedicating all of the coming actions of the day to the benefit of all living beings.

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

No dark fate determines the future. We do. Each day and each moment, we are able to create and re-create our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet.

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

How we relate to all our moments, all our experiences, is a choice.

Mindfulness is: paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.

Buddhist psychology begins by deliberately cultivating respect, starting with ourselves.