- Meditation changes your response to stress, eliminates your response to yourself because you begin to see things the way they really are. You start to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the mundane.
- Understand the perfection of things just as they are.
- There's something strangely moving about the plum tree, which blossoms in late winter, before its leaves appear - as if it were exceptionally eager to please. In the East its flowers symbolize strength triumphing over adversity. In late winter, when you see them, enjoy the contrast of beautiful flowers against bare branches.