• Suffering is actually essential to happiness. You have to know being too cold to appreciate being warm.
  • Probe the deeper nature of the mind repeatedly to reveal its absence of inherent existence, its emptiness. Reflect on the mind's dependence on causes, conditions, and parts. For the mind, any length of time of the mind - whether one minute or the shortest moment - depends on earlier and later parts of that time period.
  • Understand the happiness of nongrasping.
  • Be a good human being, a warm-hearted affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief. Having a sense of caring, a feeling of compassion will bring happiness of peace of mind to oneself and automatically create a positive atmosphere. (Dalai Lama)
  • Simply to sit for 20 minutes is a victory.
  • When sadness or anger rises up in you, do something completely different to break the pattern. Just don't do the same thing twice. If you feel angry at someone, go up and give them a big hug! Be innovative and imaginative.
  • Unoccupied space is needed within you so that the light that is hidden can expand and fill your being.
  • Mindfulness helps you respond appropriately in the moment. You can sometimes catch a stress reaction and turn it into a positive response instead.
  • Write the words, What Am I Doing? on a piece of paper and hang it where you will see it often. It will help you release your thinking about the past or the future and return to the present moment.
  • Eating meat does not fit the definition of killing. Killing requires intent, knowledge, planning, and carrying out the plan.
  • Some types of music can help to balance your emotions in readiness for meditation. If you are agitated - pick something calming. If you are tired - pick something energetic. Do this for a few minutes in preparation for sitting.
  • Develop a friendly state of mind, for as your friendliness increases, your ill will lessens.
  • Why cling to the pain and the wrongs of yesterday? Why hold on to the very things that keep you from hope and love? (Buddha)
  • Deep listening means listening with your entire being.

Self-Meditation shows just how we can, and should, meditate anytime, anywhere, and reap the ever-growing list of benefits associated with this practice. There are breaths to take and praises to give, and throughout, ways to slow down and finally smell the roses or see the stars. This site expands upon the book, which is available through bookstores.