The following excerpt is for those of us working towards a clear and stable mind using the tool of meditation. Taken from Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up by B. Alan Wallace.
The challenge of meditative quiescence practice is to cultivate stability integrated with clarity, generating an extraordinarily useful quality of awareness. To bring this about, experienced meditators have found that there must be a sequence of emphases in the practice. First seek a relaxed, wholesome, and cheerful state of mind. On this basis, emphasize stability, and then finally let clarity take priority. The importance of this sequence cannot be overemphasized.