I’m coming to the knowledge that i deeply realised some important parts of the path quite early in my life, through analysis and science rather than through Buddhist teachings, and it’s only now many years later that I am filling in the areas around it.
One of the key take-aways from meditation over the last few days has been the importance of an internal attitude of friendliness and mildness. I’ve always been friendly and mild on the outside, but inside analysis led to evaluating threats and caution, and thus to fear and anxiety. Almost a military way of thinking, learned from games.
I’m now starting to realise that that is unnecessary, that our internal worlds contain more things than we know but that we should always approach that which we find with friendliness and mildness, that if we can bring that to our approach we are a step closer to realising internal peace.
Our own attitude inside ourselves forms what we find in our internal worlds. If you go looking for threats you will find things that look like threats, and you will end up doing yourself damage. The only one who can damage the internal you is you, the only threat to your deepest being is you. The cure for this is friendliness and mildness.