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Inner Jungle, Inner Peace

Assume that everyone you meet is drunk, afraid and armed.

This is not a formula for paranoia. This is a formula for compassion.

Everyone is drunk with their subjective view of reality. Everyone is afraid (on some level) of being (profoundly) wrong about their view of reality. And everyone is armed with anger.

If you can, now and then, help minds you meet see that there has never been and never will be such thing as objectivity (mind is bias). Next, if you can, help them see that even if they are not right, they are not necessarily wrong. And, finally, help them see that their anger is a cry for love.

These assumptions are this modern-day ape’s rules for living peacefully in a “human” jungle.

An ancient sage, Mani, wrote: “In your opponent too, though hidden, lives the light.”

There is an intimate interplay between what we assume and between What Is.

[adapted from “The Monkey Mind of Being Human: From Neurosis to Nirvana” (Somov, 2014)

Inner Jungle, Inner Peace

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2018). Inner Jungle, Inner Peace. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2020, from


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