Though we think of violence as a physical action that manifests in a very perceptible way, inner, psychological violence causes far more damage than outside violence ever will.
Violence in the world is merely a mirror of people’s inner suffering.
War will never stop until humans end the violence in their own hearts. The same is true for the battles you play out in your life.
Those clashes exist inside you, and have to be looked at, but you must also address the external ones. A cease-fire, in effect, has to be called in order to heal your inner struggles. Much like the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma, neither the internal nor external comes first. You can’t heal unless you approach them both.
If you spend all of your time fighting your family, boss, co-workers, society, and God, you don’t have the energy to deal with the inner conflicts. If you impose some calm on the workings of your life, you can be still, focused and disciplined enough to bring peace to your heart.
Your inner battle against anger is fought between the duality of nature the illusions of right and wrong, and of good and evil. If you are coming from a place of integrity, your mind, body, and actions are in alignment. In this state, you cannot be provoked by anger.
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