- The Hindu temple in Tiruvannamalai, India, at the base of the sacred mountain Arunachala, is said to be built where the god Shiva appeared as a column of fire. Pilgrims travel there to worship Shiva, who frees them by burning away doubts and fear. Don't think of change as the loss of part of yourself - imagine it instead as a fire that burns away the miscellaneous paraphernalia that you no longer need.
- As an experiment, adopt a new world view for a few moments. Think of everything as a dream. Everything is created by your consciousness. Everything is a dream. The trick is to maintain this awareness as you live and act in the circumstances of your life - living on different levels of consciousness simultaneously.
- Mindfulness training: Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or community to break. I will make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.