“This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.” (by Eknath Easwaran)
Commentary: By contemplation, we create pathways and ‘habit tracks’ first in the biological brain and that in the mind. “Nerves that wire together fire together.” We do become what we think about over time, consistently, and with focus, attention, repetition. This is the basis in the success of prayer also.
17 Tools for Living by the Dalai Lama
(1) Realize that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
(2) When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
(3) Follow the three R’s: Respect for one self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for self and others.
(4) Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
(5) Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
(6) Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
(7) When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
(8) Spend some time alone every day.
(9) Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
(10) Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
(11) Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you will be able to enjoy it a second time.
(12) A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
(13) In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
(14) Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
(15) Be gentle with the earth.
(16) Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
(17) Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each.