Dan Harris. Meditation is simply exercise for your brain. The price of security is insecurity.. Our entire lives are governed by a voice in our heads. This voice is engaged in a ceaseless stream of thinking—most of it negative, repetitive, and self-referential. The voice is constantly judging and labeling everything in its field of vision. It’s targets aren’t just external; it often viciously taunts us, too.. The ego is our inner narrator, our sense of “I”.. When we are unaware of “the egoic mind,” we blindly act out our thoughts, and often the results are not pretty.. The ego is never satisfied. The ego never feels complete.. The ego is obsessed with the past and the future, at the expense of the present.. Always say “yes” to the present moment.. In a world where everything is constantly changing, we suffer because we cling to things that won’t last.. Nothing lasts—including us.. The route to true happiness is to achieve a visceral understanding of impermanence, which will take you off the emotional roller coaster and allow you to see your dramas and desires through a much wider lens.. Mindfulness is the ability to recognize what is happening in your mind right now without getting carried away by it.. Our culture conditions us to believe that the more pleasant experiences we have the happier we’ll be.. The key is not to get carried away by desire; we need to manage it with wisdom and mindfulness.. Do only one thing at a time.