Inner peace is easy. Forget everything. And from here on, don’t look back.
Will the last person to leave the church please turn out the lights.
To cultivate a quiet mind, continuously observe the babble of thought in the head. Notice the repetition and negativity. See how the aim of these thoughts is to trigger an emotional response, how they parade their own importance. Dispassionate attention slows the mind. The space between thoughts expands.
Yes, be a space for emotions, rejecting only those that have been deliberately induced. The essential thing is not to identify with them—in effect, to become an emotion. The sky is not a cloud and we are not emotions. They come. They go.
The really important stuff isn’t taught in school because, well, school thinks it isn’t important. Not to lay blame, just to say: My most challenging clients, the hardest to work with, are intellectuals.