Life is full of chaos. People throw negativity at us. Everybody wants something. The subway breaks down when we are already late. When we are not careful, this chaos can infiltrate our thought patterns and turn our minds into raging storms.

We usually blame external circumstances for our internal frustrations. But truthfully our reaction to circumstances, however imperfect they may be, is more critical to our happiness than circumstances themselves.

A chaotic mind drags us down into the dirt and drama of the negativity surrounding us. But a calm mind keeps the bullshit away. Meditation does not magically make life easier. But it does give us strength to handle life’s pressure with grace.