- Adhering to shared values is the essence of a healthy society. Yet we remain individuals, and the choices we make may not always be the ones our friends, family, and work colleagues would urge upon us. Peer pressure is a powerful force, but at times you'll feel you must resist it. Go your own way if you have to - explain why to the people you care about; and ignore those people who have no right to interfere.
- When you lose your focus of attention and the ability to consciously choose what to do or say, mentally stop. Smile to yourself. Chide yourself gently. Then breathe.
- The law of karma teaches you that you have a choice in each new moment of what response your heart and mind will bring to your situation.