If a partner truly listens to the suffering, this will inspire great and perhaps the other will think, “Maybe we can do the same.”
The survival of the one depends on the survival of the other. The best protection for the one is to help protect the other. If the one continues to hurt the other, sooner or later the one will collapse. It is the practice of non-violence and peace based on the inside of interbeing.
The first step toward peace is to listen to and understand yourself and your partner. All people suffer from the same things, social injustice, discrimination, fear, and fanaticism.
The antidote to violence and hatred is compassion.
There is no other medicine. You must generate the nectar of compassion in your heart.
Not only do I suffer but the other suffers.
Once awareness is born, we know that punishment, violence, and war are not the answer.
The one who wants to punish is inhabited by violence.
The one who endures the suffering of the other person is also inhabited by the energy of violence
Fear gives rise to violence. When we practice looking deeply, we will see that if the other people do not feel safe, then we will not have safety either.
To secure safety for ourselves, we must think about the safety of others.
If we give others the impression that they are in danger, and we will be in danger, too.
If we continue to create danger and instability for the other, the danger will rebound on us. What we do to the other, we do at the same time to ourselves.
Safety is not an individual matter it is a matter that concerns all of us. Happiness is like that too.