May I choose peace over lust, anger, and fear
In strong feelings and emotions like lust, anger, or fear, there is always a part of the mind that is enjoying it and another part that is suffering. A strong feeling is destructive in intent because it seek to subjugate whatever free-flowing libido is not bound by the rules of its reason or out of reach of its desire and, as such, it is exerted at cost to another living creature. Merely thinking such thoughts sends a rush of adrenaline and cortisol through your system, preparing your body to attack or defend itself, should the need arise. The heightened blood pressure and glandular activation continues for a long time after the thought has receded, keeping your body in its aroused state and fooling you into thinking that you’re still angry or fearful. Yet, you wouldn’t have such thoughts if there wasn’t a part of you that invited them in. When you practice thinking that is imbued with lust, antipathy, malice, and delusion, you habituate the mind in that way and catalyse all the actions that follow in their suit. So instead of paying heed to the loud, obnoxious voice of hate, try to give voice to the part of you that is suffering and sees the pain being caused within and without.