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!”

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

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

Mindfulness meditation allows us to respond creatively to the present moment, freeing us from the knee-jerk reactions that start the cycle of rumination.

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

When you start to feel a little sad, anxious, or irritable it’s not the mood that does the damage but how you react to it.

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

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