‘background of anxiety [that] fosters anger, sorrow, depression, guilt and shame; [that] highlights past losses and failures, [that] downplays present abilities, and [that] exaggerates future obstacles.’
Developing greater control over your attention is perhaps the single most powerful way to reshape your brain and thus your mind […] The simple truth is that how we focus our attention, how we intentionally direct the flow of energy and information through our neural circuits, can directly alter the brain's activity and its structure.
The radical goal of the Buddha’s treatment plan is not to solve or eliminate problems, but to use them as a basis or focus for recognizing our potential. Every thought, every emotion, and every physical sensation is an opportunity to turn our attention inward and become a little bit more familiar with the source.
Many people look at meditation as an exercise, like going to the gym. ‘I’ve gotten that over with! Now I can go on with the rest of my life.’ But meditation isn’t something separate from your life. It is your life.