If we can perceive a thought such as “I’m always going to feel this way” as a thought, we instantly rob it of its power to upset us.

We are resting in our moment-by-moment experiencing of what is already here to be perceived, to be known directly.

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

By changing the way we perceive ourselves and the world we live in, we can transform the way we experience ourselves and the world.

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

This link – feeling compassion and perceiving the world in a more positive light – may explain why compassionate individuals generally tend to be more optimistic as well.