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.

Mindfulness reminds us that this internal narration of ours is entirely based on thought. It is a construct, a fabrication.

With awareness, thoughts can eventually be seen as thoughts and nothing more.

The more we are experiencing, the less we are caught in thinking. The more we are caught in thinking, the less we are capable of experiencing.

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

Intellectualizing and analyzing doesn’t work when low mood has been triggered. Remembering that thoughts are “just thoughts” is a wiser strategy.

Our thinking will often reflect our mood and our mode of mind, not what is “actually” here or who we actually are. Thoughts are not facts.

Negative thoughts are part of the landscape of depression. There is nothing personal about them.

Think of it this way: the mind is to thoughts as the ear is to sounds.

Thoughts are mental events that pass through the mind like clouds or weather patterns pass through the sky.

The realization that thoughts are not facts is vitally relevant to all of us.

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.

Thoughts that come to us are mental events that naturally arise, stay for a while, and then fade of their own accord.

We can learn to observe our thoughts – and our feelings, for that matter – as experiences that come and go in the mind.

Through mindfulness we can experience a moment of life for all that it is, instead of letting our thoughts drag us somewhere we weren’t going in the first place.

By cultivating the awareness of ‘being mode’ … we can sidestep the cascade of mental events that draws us down into depression.

By cultivating the awareness of ‘being mode’ we can get out of our heads and learn to experience the world directly, experientially, without the relentless commentary of our thoughts.

Evolution has bequeathed us an alternative to critical thinking. We humans have only just begun to realize its power to transform us. It is called awareness.

“What we frequently think about and dwell upon becomes the shape of our mind. The shape of our mind shapes our world of experience.” — The Buddha

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

Mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral.

With more space comes more perspective: We can have thoughts, and see them for what they are, rather than be our thoughts.

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

The Buddha saw that our thoughts, emotions, and actions are the primary sources of our suffering. Equally, our thoughts, emotions, and actions can be the source of our joy and freedom.

Compassion gets us out of our usual head full of disappointments, regrets, and worries about ourselves and focused on something bigger.

“Wait a minute! These are just my thoughts, not me.”

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

Being free from concepts is like going backstage in a theater and suddenly realizing how much of our engagement with the drama has come from mere appearances.

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.

You have the power of thought, and therefore the power of mind, and that is all you need. – The Dalai Lama

We purify the mind of craving by practicing generosity.

We purify the mind of the force of craving by not trying to control the uncontrollable.

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.

It is only due to our concepts that we feel separate from the world.

“With our thoughts we make the world.” – The Buddha

Every day, think as you wake up, ‘I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it.’

Too much self-centred thinking is the source of suffering. A compassionate concern for others’ wellbeing is the source of happiness.

Simplicity reveals the nature of the mind behind the veil of restless thought.

Awareness is a big container and can hold any thought, any emotion, without in the slightest being caught by any of it.

It is a big step toward reclaiming our lives when we realize that, no matter what their content, good, bad, or ugly, we do not have to take our thoughts personally.

The Tibetans sometimes describe thoughts as writing on water, in essence empty, insubstantial, and transient.

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.

Awareness is our only capacity robust enough to balance thinking.