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

If optimism is a way of looking at life and happiness a condition that can be cultivated, one might as well get down to work without further delay.

We can practice seeing into the layers of beliefs and resistance that hold our suffering in place.

Looking back, I now see that there were no mistakes. The clouded understandings and misdirected efforts are all a necessary part of the practice life.

This is what practice is about: learning to stop believing that our deep-seated reactivity is who we are.

The practice life is all about learning to live from our true open-hearted nature.

Through the practice of experiencing, we can feel some anxiety but not ‘be’ anxious.

Mindfulness is neither difficult nor complex; remembering to be mindful is the great challenge. — Christina Feldman

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.

The practice is always giving us the chance to begin again, in this moment, with this breath.

Through repeated practice we see over and over again that each in-breath is a new beginning and each out-breath a fresh letting go.

Beginning again does not mean we have made an error. It is the heart of the practice, not a deviation from it.

If you temper your heart with loving-kindness and prepare it like a fertile soil, and then plant the seed of compassion, it will greatly flourish. – Kamalashila (eighth century)

Contemplative practice teaches us how to be with our thoughts courageously and attentively, yet free ourselves from the negative side effects of thinking.

Contemplative practice gives us a way to quiet our mind from within – not by running away from it, but by approaching it; not by distracting it, but by applying it.

The Dalai Lama got good at compassion because he worked at it. The seed of compassion is present in all of us.

It is crucial to maintain a vision of life that includes the tremendous effect of our minds on our reality.

Love and concern for all are not things some of us are born with and others are not. Rather, they are results of what we do with our minds.

When we undertake a spiritual practice, it is important that we open to all that arises, that we recognize, acknowledge, and accept everything we feel.

I have sat in wonder at times in my meditation practice, thinking, ‘Can I actually be feeling this much love?’

The heart of skilful meditation is the ability to let go and begin again, over and over again.

Spiritual practice, by uprooting our personal mythologies of isolation, uncovers the radiant, joyful heart within each of us.

“My religion is kindness” – The Dalai Lama

Buddhism has a practice that breaks down the bonds of isolation and jealousy that keep us separated: It is called Mudita, the practice of rejoicing in others’ good fortune.

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

Every day is a new opportunity to begin again. Every day is your birthday.

Lasting happiness cannot be found in pursuit of any goal or achievement. It does not reside in fortune or fame. It resides only in the human mind and heart.

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.

The practice is experience based, somatically based, present moment based. It is generous, wise, and open to possibilities, to not knowing.

May your mindfulness practice grow and flower and nourish your life and work from moment to moment and from day to day.

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

If we want peace in ourselves and in our world, we have to practice.

The practice is not creating silence outside of our activities, but creating silence within them.

We need some training to be able to sit and enjoy the sitting, to do nothing and enjoy doing nothing.

If we want to fully enjoy life’s gifts, we must practice mindfulness at every turn; whether brushing our teeth, cooking breakfast, or driving to work.

The seed of mindfulness is in all of us, but we usually forget to water it.

Developing compassion is like playing a musical instrument – it’s a skill that can be enhanced with dedicated practice.

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.

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

‘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

“One must practice the things which produce happiness, since if that is present we have everything and if it is absent we do everything in order to have it.” — Epicurus