1. You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
2. You are only here now; you’re only alive in this moment.
3. In meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all.
4. Paying attention and awareness are universal capacities of human beings.
5. There is a price we pay for being attached to a narrow view of being “right”.
6. Meditation is a way of being, not a technique.
7. From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment.
8. Writing can be an incredible mindfulness practice.
9. All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.
10. The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.
11. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.
12. The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment.
13. We are continuously bombarded with information, appeals, deadlines, communications… We are continually being squeezed or projected into the future as our present moments are assaulted and consumed in the fires of endless urgency.
14. Look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them.
15. Even before smart phones and the Internet, we had many ways to distract our selves. Now that’s compounded by a factor of trillions.
16. There are a lot of different ways to talk about mindfulness, but what it really means is awareness.
17. Meditation is really a non-doing. It is the only human endeavor I know of being where you already are.
18. Rarely are we in touch with who is doing the doing—or, put otherwise, with the world of being. To get back in touch with being is not that difficult. We only need to remind ourselves to be mindful.
19. In letting go of wanting something special to occur, maybe we can realize that something special is already occurring.
20. Discipline provides a constancy which is independent of what kind of day you had yesterday and what kind of day you anticipate today.
21. It’s not a matter of letting go—you would if you could. Instead of “Let it go,” we should probably say “Let it be.”
22. When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.
23. He who dies before he dies does not die when he dies.
24. In any given moment we are either practicing mindfulness, or defacto, we are practicing mindlessness.
25. A lot of harm has come in all eras from people attached to one view of spiritual “truth.”
26. When you’re walking, just walk. When you’re eating, just eat. Not in front of the TV, not with the newspaper. It turns out, that’s huge.
27. You make problem, you have problem.
28. The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.
29. It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself.
30. Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.
31. If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will have to admit that we live out our lives in an ocean of fear.
32. I’m challenging everybody on every side of every divide to be more who they are, to cultivate their capacity for awareness.
33. Wherever you go, there you are.
34. Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.
35. Arriving someplace more desirable at some future time is an illusion. This is it.
36. Are you able to come to a stop in your life, even for one moment?…The funny thing about stopping is that as soon as you do it, here you are.
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