You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart; with that inner guidance the verbal conflicts will dissipate. As Einstein said, "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." And Buddha: "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."
Refusing to forgive is such a downer, no one suffers but oneself, certainly no real inner peace.
I feel this positive approach is empowered by the love that is the nature of our being, and is effective in creating peace and happiness. The alternative - applying resistance, judgment, antagonism and hatred - is to be ruled by fear, which is to deny one's essence, and has the effect of empowering that which one opposes.
Conflicts between sub-personalities - the parts of you that want one thing, another the opposite - are caused by identification and attachment. Like Buddha said, attachment is the cause of suffering. The real you is not attached, and you can find the real you by recognizing the loving aspect of your self, that which is non-judgmental and compassionate. That's you.
Acceptance of what exists doesn't mean you necessarily like or agree with it. You're simply confronting reality without defenses, no need for resistance and avoidance. You get a truer picture that way. You can see what you can do effectively for the better, or what isn't within your control. And you remain peaceful.
I love the classic line from Charles Dickens, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Truly, these are the best (and the worst) of times. The good news is that you get to choose! Continues
This is a chapter of 'Radical Peace: People Refusing War,' which presents the experiences of activists who have become criminals for peace, defying the government's laws and impeding its capacity to kill. Continues
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