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The fruits of meditation, when it is truly achieved, give one a new lease on life, redouble an individual’s capacity for vigorous and creative action by eliminating all obsession with the pursuit of pleasure or the evasion of pain, and indeed promote the full enjoyment of life with all its good and bad, its beauty and ugliness. It permits one to act instead of constantly reacting. It frees the mind from the eternal conflict of the opposites. Even more, it enhances one’s feelings of compassion so that this freedom cannot be used to the detriment of others and that alone is no small virtue in today’s environment.
---from The Quiet Mind by John E. Coleman