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Be the observer of your thoughts.
You are not your thoughts and/or feelings.
Observing your thoughts can help you transform and release 'negative' thoughts and feelings. And it can help you grow and connect with others.
Without inner peace, how do we make real peace ?
Which reminds me there conceptual framework which a certain sort of social scientists use to view people as composed of phenomena. That the person is not one stable object but it composed of many different things and is everchanging never completed. Also all 'objects' are fundamentally interelated to each other and depend upon each other. It's just a framework though for analysis.
All phenomena fundamentally empty.
There are no independent objects.
All phenomena arises dependent on other phenomena. Including suffering.
'think of a clock. Whenever we see a clock, we label it a clock, but if we were to separate the component pieces, then the "clock" would cease to exist, because no basis of imputation would remain. In actuality there was no truly existent clock in the first place—only the causes and conditions fit to be labeled a "clock.' - Zongtrul Losang Tsöndru
Here is an "interesting" way to approach it. It's from a taoist based site though so hmm but i'll use it just because it summarises it well and from an interesting perspective.
'How much time and energy are you going to dedicate to finding this pink dragon?
Remember, you don’t live in a fantasy world. People demand things of you every day. You’ve got bills to pay and relationships to maintain.
Enlightenment is a dude living about 4 blocks away from you. You need to know what he looks like and to get your life in enough order to visit him and then actually visit him. The only reason you won’t go there is because you don’t want to visit him.
In fact, after you’ve visited him, you’ll realize that you've already met him.
Maybe you even went to school together!'
-From Taoism for the modern world