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hsimone wrote: November 5th, 2022, 9:43 am This is an interesting question. I feel like it depends on the mindset of the person who is reading the quote. For instance, if a person is already on the path of wanting inner peace, he/she can read this quote and reflect on it and believe/understand its meaning.

On the other hand, if a person is not quite on the path of finding inner peace and is not searching for it, he/she may not fully grasp the quote and may need further reading to comprehend its meaning.

Does that make sense?
What you said made perfect sense; it all depends on the individual and where they are at. However, context is also important. Scott was building on a thought before making that quote. I believe context will also give the reader direction for reflection.
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I think that this sentence does retain its meaning standalone, without context. When I read this sentence in the book, and now that I read it standalone, one example from my own life experience springs to my mind, and it interplays well with another message in the book - that which encourages to do one's best. Once my dad had a bad stroke, and doctors told mum that he had the maximum of 48 hours to live. Mum called me, I rushed to the hospital, and discovered that the hospital had no medication he needed. The medication was expensive and unavailable to government hospitals in the massive quantities dad needed. In two hours I got the medication. In the morning dad got out of the coma, in a month he recovered, and he lived a further dozen of years when the story repeated itself. But this time he had the third stroke just as he was recovering from the second, and no medication anywhere in the world was of help. Sad as I felt to lose my dad to his third stroke, I knew that I had done my best to extend his licence of life, both times. There was nothing more I could do for him, so I accepted my dad's passing and directed my energy at helping my mum to overcome the loss. By peacefulness and acceptance of the inevitable, I managed to win my mum from the grip of her depression, and these 15 years since my dad's passing she has been doing remarkably well. Had I succumbed to grieving/restlessness/depression/other negative responses, I could have both lost my mum and made my own life miserable - and that would've been great waste.
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It's fascinating how our thoughts convince us that negative emotions like hatred and unforgiveness are beneficial and useful in the circumstances we find ourselves in. Holding on to these emotions, in our opinion, demonstrates strength and brings about tranquility. Sadly, our minds take us in the exact opposite direction of what we intended, leading to unease and suffering. Even though I am aware that this statement is still true today, I frequently feel worn out from attempting to uphold these principles in a culture that does not.
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I believe this powerful quote stands alone. It makes perfect sense. I would always choose peacefulness and acceptance. Choosing to resent and be restless is a waste of time. Focus your mind on the positive. Accept the circumstance and be filled with peace.
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hsimone wrote: November 5th, 2022, 9:43 am This is an interesting question. I feel like it depends on the mindset of the person who is reading the quote. For instance, if a person is already on the path of wanting inner peace, he/she can read this quote and reflect on it and believe/understand its meaning.

On the other hand, if a person is not quite on the path of finding inner peace and is not searching for it, he/she may not fully grasp the quote and may need further reading to comprehend its meaning.

Does that make sense?
I was about to say that the quote does make total sense and hit its point even when read out of the context of the book. But then I read your response and I think I agree with you as you have given another perspective to it.
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I think it makes perfect sense, even completely out of context. I try my best to let go of negative emotions like resentment, regret, and anger. I think holding onto negativity is extremely tiring and corrosive. Its like that quote, "resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."
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The sentence is authentic, profound, and powerful, but I believe that it is better to interpret it in context and not as an isolated sentence.
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Well, I would say it depends upon the nature of a person. There are some people who would never accept things on their face value even if they are proven and unchangeable. They find peacefulness and satisfaction only when they can challenge a particular situation or statement and be proven wrong with all the arguments. But there are some people who are farsighted and understand the implications better and don’t waste their energies on resentment.
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I think this quote can be understood without reading the whole book. It makes sense, at least to me. We can wate a lot of time and energy being resentful, or accept and let go. I know which one I'd choose!
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That is how the whole cosmos is configured. This is a deep-meaning quote. I love it. Forgiving and holding back brings blessing considering from the religious and scientific rationale.
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If something happens, it is best to let it go and just focus on the future. Wasting too much time pondering about past events can be draining. It is a waste because you cannot change the past. You can only change the future.
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Having been on this path before, I do agree with this quote. One thing that will never be in your control is others' behavior. If someone is mean to you, it's hard not to be mean to them, fire back, and give them a taste of their medicine. I found in my experience that if you take a deep breath, let them talk, actively listen, and just say, "I am sorry you feel that way," or even "I hope you enjoy the rest of your day," you will not only bring inner peace mentally but also relieve yourself from guilt, regret, anger, and high blood pressure. Plus, it feels great to be the bigger person, and that in itself feels great.
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I understand the quote and I think one doesn't need to read the book to have an understanding of it. Though it requires deep thinking and openness. Sometimes we still don't want to accept something is real even when it is in front of our eyes.

It takes determination and understanding that some things won't change no matter how restless and unforgiving you are, you are the one who gets hurt either way. So to come into greater height with inner peace we need to come into the understanding of choosing peacefulness and acceptance over restlessness and unforgiveness.
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Isn't it captivating how our thoughts can trick us into believing that negative emotions like hatred and unforgiveness are advantageous and valuable given our circumstances? We convince ourselves that clinging to these emotions showcases strength and brings about a sense of calm. Regrettably, our minds tend to lead us in the exact opposite direction of what we intended, resulting in discomfort and suffering. Although I acknowledge the ongoing truth of this statement, I often find myself exhausted from the constant effort required to uphold these principles within a culture that does not prioritize them.
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The sentence from page 160 of "In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All" by Eckhart Aurelius Hughes retains its meaning even when quoted out of context. It conveys a powerful message about the significance of peacefulness and acceptance, while highlighting the wastefulness of restlessness, resentment, and unforgiveness.

The sentence reminds us that there is great power in cultivating inner peace and embracing acceptance. These qualities enable us to tap into our own strength and find harmony within ourselves. On the other hand, restlessness, resentment, and unforgiveness are depicted as negative and wasteful, draining our energy and obstructing personal growth.

Although the complete book provides a more comprehensive understanding of the author's thoughts and ideas, this quote alone prompts us to reflect on our attitudes and emotional states. It encourages us to let go of negative emotions and embrace a more peaceful and accepting mindset.

In essence, this sentence serves as a reminder to seek tranquility and acceptance, urging us to release the burdens of restlessness, resentment, and unforgiveness. Its concise yet profound message resonates with readers, inspiring them to strive for inner peace and harmony in their lives.
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