"A great deal of psychological stress comes from the rush and hurry of a turbulent mind... Such a mind is constantly on the move - desiring, worrying, hoping, fearing, planning, defending, rehearsing, criticizing. ...Simply by slowing down the mind - the first purpose of meditation - much of this tension can be removed. Then we are free to respond to life's difficulties not as sources of stress but as challenges which will draw out of us deeper resources than we ever thought we had. A one-pointed mind is slow and sound, which gives it immense resilience under stress. With a mind like this, we always have a choice in how we respond to life around us."
- Eknath Easwaran