- Calm meditation is known as samatha and it is the basis of all meditational forms as it stabilizes the mind for concentration. It is paying attention to the breath, noticing the sensation at the tip of the nostrils, and possibly counting each complete breath.
- Certain ancient sacred sites are contrived so that the midwinter sunrise sends a beam onto a stone - an affirmation of light in darkness. If you were enduring a long dark night of the soul, what would be your main consolation - love, faith, nature, art, literature? Understand what would comfort you in hard times, and you'll avoid the pitfall of taking it for granted when you're contented and at peace.
- Balancing teaches us about inner stillness: for it's only when we're mentally quiet and aware that we find physical equilibrium. Stand with your feet together and parallel. Focus your eyes on a still point in front of you. Bend your right knee and lift your right leg, then turn that leg out from the hip, and place the sole of your right foot on your left inner thigh or calf. Balance for a few seconds, then repeat on the other side.