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.
Some benefit tremendously from meditation very early after they begin practicing it. Others don’t catch on as quickly. But it will work for you, regardless of your body makeup and temperament, provided that you consistently work at it at your own pace.
I used to get distracted by anything that passed by. Meditation has helped me tremendously with concentration and focus.
People often blame other human beings for how they feel, and blame people for how they react to their feelings.