"Meditation is not about trying to become a nobody, or a contemplative zombie, incapable of living in the real world and facing real problems. It’s about seeing thing as they are, without the distortions of our own thought processes."
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.d from “Wherever You Go There You Are”
"If we could only just recognize the process of selfing as an ingrained habit and then give ourselves permission to take the day off, to stop trying so hard to be “somebody” and instead just experience being, perhaps we would be a lot happier and more relaxed."
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.d
"I’m studying law. My dream is to be a judge one day. Too many people in this country are only in prison because they were too poor to defend themselves. When I’m a judge, I’ll look only at the facts, and not at the person."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)
"Perhaps the greatest gift of thought, Dewey notes, is that it allows us to imagine things not yet experienced, based on what we know in and about the present — it grants us the power of “systematized foresight,” which enables us to “act on the basis of the absent and the future.”"
Such a prescient and important read: How We Think — John Dewey on cultivating the art of reflection and fruitful curiosity in an age of instant opinions and information overload.