Inner peace is supported by a continuously unfolding series of choices, aligning our sense of self with our most sustaining values. It also allows for increasing choice, and for the transformation of suffering. The gifts it brings are never for our benefit alone. As our capacity for wisdom, compassion, delight, tolerance and equanimity matures, this positively influences the world around us, and particularly those who turn to us for support or care. We can authentically meet others in their suffering and their joy when our care for them - and for ourselves - arises from the same source: an abiding love for life itself.