When we are at harmony with ourselves, the universe is in harmony with us as well. Marcus Aurelius statement has many meanings and applications. What I find interesting is that many people travel all over the world trying to improve the universe, whether it is fighting poverty, illness or simply experiencing different cultures with the hope of finding inner harmony. While this definitely has a purpose and positive effect, I think Aurelius is teaching us that the most important step in finding harmony with the universe, is starting with finding inner harmony. This does not require travel or grandiose universal goals but inner self development. When you learn to live with your inner-being in harmony, the harmony of the universe will follow your self improvement. Then if you travel or improve global harmony, it will also have a much more significant impact 🙂



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