What Flows through your mind sculpts your brain. (...) Mental activity, whether conscious or unconscious, maps to neural activity, just like a picture of a sunset on your computer system maps to a pattern of magnetic charges in your hard drive.
Cool the fires of greed and hatred to live with integrity. Steady and concentrate the mind to see through its confusions. (...) Virtue simply involves regulating your actions, words, and thoughts to create benefits rather than harm for yourself.
It's a remarkable fact that the people who have gone the very deepest into the human mind and heart - in others words, the sages and saints of every religious tradition - all say the same thing: the fundamental nature of every human being is pure, conscious, peaceful, radiant, kind, and wise . . . and is joined in mysterious ways with the ultimate underpinnings of reality, by whatever name we give That.
It's impossible to change the past or the present: you can only accept all that as it is. But you can tend to the causes of a better future. How? Try this: when you recall of an upsetting memory, give it a positive feeling to it. "A single raindrop doesn't have much effect, but if you have enough raindrops and enough time, you can carve a Grand Canyon. But to take these steps you have to be on your won side. That may not be very easy at first; most people bring less kindness to them selves than to others.
"Nurturing your own self-development isn't selfish. It's actually a great gift to other people."