Inner vs. Outer Conflict

Ultimately, those of us on a path of self-inquiry come to the realization that the conflict in the world is a representation of the conflict within ourselves. Our ability to listen to, incorporate, and relate to various facets of our own psyche manifests in our ability to listen to, incorporate, and relate to the perspectives we find out in the world.

As we better understand our own inner conflict,  our ability to relate to points of view other than our own starts to become more effective. We find that we are more able to hear what other people say, empathize with their experience, and have compassion for the struggles.

That is why meditation and conflict resolution, I find, are inextricably linked and inseparable at the very roots. Inner and outer conflict constantly reflect back on one another, and clarify one another, in synchronicity.

Ranjeeth Thunga



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