Most humans tend to integrate these two distinct actions and view them as one, which, going back to Buddhist philosophy, causes them to suffer. But suffering is not necessary. New possibilities can be created when we separate these phenomena.
There is an old saying, "That which doesn't destroy us makes us stronger." Life-threatening illness -- or any adversity -- can be a strengthener. Not necessarily to the body, but certainly to the character and to the spirit.
A regular meditation practice can transform the quality of your life by culturing the nervous system to maintain peace, energy and expanded awareness throughout the day. You become capable of accommodating different challenges in life without any conditions.
Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job. However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that fact-checking is an idea whose time has come.
I have no expectation that every man, woman, and child should strive to become a professional scientist. But I do have every expectation that every man, woman, and child should strive to become more scientifically literate.
We miss moments all the time and if we fully lived them all we might spontaneously combust, or appear intensely hyper and loony. This brings awareness to all the moments that we miss, that we dull out on.