At certain times,
a silent mind is very important,
but ‘silent’ does not mean closed.
The silent mind is an alert,
a mind seeking the nature of reality.
Treat yourself, your mind, sympathetically, with loving kindness.
If you are gentle with yourself,
you will become gentle with others.
Whether we sit with our arms folded this way,
and our legs crossed that way is of little consequence.
But it is extremely important,
to check and see if whatever meditation we do is an actual remedy for our suffering.
Some people live closely guarded lives,
fearful of encountering someone or something that might shatter their insecure spiritual foundation.
This attitude, however,
is not the fault of religion but of their own limited understanding.
True Dharma leads in exactly the opposite direction.
It enables one to integrate all the many diverse experiences of life into a meaningful and coherent whole,
thereby banishing fear and insecurity completely.
Over and over again our experiences prove,
that it is our mental outlook that is fundamentally responsible
for whether we are successful or unsuccessful, healthy or ill,
attractive or ugly, happy or depressed.
Contrary to what some people might believe,
there is nothing wrong with having pleasures and enjoyments.
What is wrong is the confused way we grasp onto these pleasures,
turning them from a source of happiness into a source of pain and dissatisfaction