I have a question for you:
In your experience, is it more effective to cultivate qualities of being from the inside/out, or from the outside/in?
Let me offer an example: acceptance.
The outside/in folk would say to cultivate acceptance of others, which would lead to a greater acceptance of self.
The inside/out folk would say to cultivate self-acceptance, which could then be extended to others.
Also, another question: do you think the answer to this question depends on whether or not the person in question is an introvert or an extrovert? Meaning, might an extrovert find it more effective to go about cultivation from the outside-in, and the introvert from the inside-out?
Please proffer your reflections--I'm eager to ponder your responses.
Oh, and thank you all for your kind comments; it feels right to be back. Perhaps I'll discuss my "retreat" (such as it was) in the future, but for now, what appeals to me more than that is to collect feedback on these questions from all of you.