Those who learn to practice mindfulness experience shamatha, the stopping of habit energy; appamada, freedom from agitation and madness; and prajna. insight and understanding into what is actually going on, so that karuna, compassion, may arise. It's a simple, refreshing way to live. And nearly everyone finds that it's easiest to do in the company of friends.

Jack Lawlor, Friends on the Path by Thich Nhat Hanh