Quote Archives: Joseph Goldstein

Like a cloud passing through the sky ~ Joseph Goldstein

An emotion is like a cloud passing through the sky. Sometimes it is fear or anger, sometimes it is happiness or love, sometimes it is compassion. But none of them ultimately constitute a self. They are just what they are, each manifesting its own quality. With this understanding, we can cultivate the emotions that seem […]

Being with it fully ~ Joseph Goldstein

When we are with people and feeling bored, can we listen a little more carefully, stepping off the train of our own inner commenting? If we are sitting in meditation and feeling uninterested, can we come in closer to the object, not with force but with gentleness and care? What is this experience we call […]

Undistracted awareness ~ Joseph Goldstein

The emphasis in meditation is very much on undistracted awareness: not thinking about things, not analyzing, not getting lost in the story, but just seeing the nature of what is happening in the mind. Careful, accurate observation of the moment’s reality is the key to the whole process. Joseph Goldstein

Freedom Lies in the Wisdom to Choose ~ Joseph Goldstein

We establish some stability and focus in our mind and see which elements in it lead to greater peace, which to greater suffering. All of it — both the peace and the suffering — happens lawfully. Freedom lies in the wisdom to choose. Joseph Goldstein

The meditative journey ~ Joseph Goldstein

The meditative journey is not about always feeling good. Many times we may feel terrible. That’s fine. What we want is to open to the entire range of what this mind and body are about. Sometimes we feel wonderful and happy and inspired, and at other times we deeply feel different aspects of suffering. Joseph […]

Like listening to someone playing a flute ~ Joseph Goldstein

Let the breath draw the mind down to its own level of subtlety. It is like listening to someone playing a flute as they walk off into the distance. Joseph Goldstein

Nothing is exempt from change ~ Joseph Goldstein

We can also strengthen the quality of ardor by reflecting on the transiency of all phenomena. Look at all the things we become attached to, whether they are people or possessions or feelings or conditions of the body. Nothing we have, no one in our lives, no state of mind is exempt from change. Nothing […]