Making judgments can be crucial to our health and wellbeing – but it begs the question: at what point does my judgment of things become unhelpful?
Don’t get confused by all the weird things that you see in the meditation and self-help movements. There are many types of spiritual teachers that don’t teach truth. Buyer beware.
Life will always consist of times during which things are in an equilibrium and then periods during which things are out of balance.
Pain is a great teacher. But pain is not my friend. Pain is something that I can use to build my strength. It’s something that will prepare me to build my character and treat my mind, but I don’t love pain and I certainly don’t look forward to it.
In the past, I didn’t have the strength of mind to tell myself things I needed to hear to be relaxed. I needed to alter my chemistry somehow, whether it was through coffee, sugar or something sweet, getting up and doing something dangerous or creative, or working on something.
Whatever activity you’re going to engage in, if you say to yourself “I am meditating” beforehand, and then you will get the benefits of meditation as you participate in the activity.
We strive to clear the wreckage of our lives through improving our character and our behavior, taking the right actions, using the right words, and filling our minds with the right thoughts.
We're never going to be perfect. That’s why meditation is termed as a “practice.”
When you meditate you are not doing something “new agey” and esoteric. There’s nothing new about it—it’s been around for many thousands of years. And it’s not esoteric; it’s extremely grounded.