Ricard: Why Meditate

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A fulfilled life is not made up of an uninterrupted succession of pleasant sensations but really comes from transforming the way we understand and work through the challenges of our existence.
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Training the mind not only makes it possible to cope with mental toxins like hatred, obsession, and fear that poison our existence, but also helps us acquire a better understanding of how the mind functions and gives us a more accurate perception of reality.
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This, in turn, gives us the inner resources to successfully face the highs and lows of life without being distracted or broken by them, and allows us to draw deep lessons from them.
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One of the great tragedies of our time is that we significantly underestimate our capacity for change.
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Our character traits remain the same as long as we do nothing to change them, and as long as we continue to tolerate and reinforce our habits and patterns, thought after thought.
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The truth is that the state that we call “normal” is just a starting point and not the goal we ought to set for ourselves.
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Our life is worth much more than that!
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It is possible, little by little, to arrive at an optimal way of being.
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