Only the Essentials
“The greatest revolution in our generation
is the discovery that human beings
by changing the inner attitudes of their minds
can change the outer aspects of their lives.” William James (1842 – 1910)
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs
The key meditation instructions point towards attitudes of mind that mirror awake awareness. These are opposite of ones that characterize everyday mind.
“In order to experience peace instead of conflict, it is necessary to shift our perception.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky MD
Through meditation practice, we cultivate inner silence, stillness & relaxed awareness, recognize & effortlessly release conditioning, and in doing so, awaken to our inherent wisdom & natural capacity to love.
“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it.
If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.” Marianne Williamson
Meditation practice, & apparently post-traumatic growth, leave only "authentic experience which occurs when concern with all that is inessential drops away."
David Brazier. "Zen Therapy." Constable, 1995.