Many people are aware of the world's suffering: their hearts are filled with compassion. They know what needs to be done, and they engage in political, social, and environmental work to try to change things. But after a period of intense involvement, they may become discouraged if they lack the strength needed to sustain a life of action. Real strength is not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep inner peace.
Practicing mindfulness in each moment of our daily lives, we can cultivate our own peace. With clarity, determination, and patience--the fruits of meditation--we can sustain a life of action and be real instruments of peace. I have seen this peace in people of various religious and cultural backgrounds who spend their time and energy protection the weak, struggling for social justice, lessening the disparity between rich and poor, stopping the arms race, fighting against discrimination, and watering the trees of love and understanding throughout the world.
Wisdom from PEACE IS EVERY STEP - Thich Nhat Hanh