Sometimes we do a lot, but we don’t really do anything. There are many people who work a lot. There are people who seem to meditate a lot, spending many hours a day doing sitting meditation, chanting, reciting, lighting a lot of incense, but who never transform their anger, frustration, and jealousy. This is because the quality of our being is the basis of all our actions. With an attitude of accomplishing, judging, or grasping, all of our actions – even our meditation – will have that quality. The quality of our presence is the most positive element that we can contribute to the world.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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