I visited David Kaczynski and Linda Patric in Texas in late April. While there I gave a talk titled Change, Chaos and Contentment. Here is a summary of what I said:
Because of impermanence and interdependence we are constantly experiencing new and unpredictable situations. Change and chaos are normal. With an understanding of this we can relax and work with the world rather than trying to control it. Meditation practice and the resulting mindfulness applied during our daily life leads to the ability to take in the chaos and give back order into the world. Mindfulness allows us to appreciate and more fully enjoy life. If you listen mindfully you are more likely to hear something. Just by applying mindfulness our life becomes more pleasant without having to change anything in the external world. This leads to contentment, the feeling of satisfaction and happiness with what you have and where you are in the moment.