We have the potential to be more kind, to practice mindfulness, and to experience well-being, but we only use a small fraction of the potential we have. So that’s what meditation is about: to cultivate the qualities that we have the potential for but that remain dormant, latent, unused, and to develop them to the best of our own potential.
–Matthieu Ricard from, Why Meditate?
Meditation for me is not just about sitting on the cushion. It is a contemplative way of approaching every waking moment. Sometimes that includes formal sitting, but often it does not. I learned much about this when I couldn’t even sit up in bed. I meditated wherever I was and that has carried over into all my life now that I am most often out of bed.
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