Anger is a primal human reaction. Do not believe anyone that claims you can completely abolish anger and only feel love. Anger is inevitable. At some point you will get angry. It could be at something small, like stubbing your toe, or major, like a nasty insult to you or your loved ones. I am still new to meditation but I’ve noticed that it allows me to accept anger as natural and to find ways to control its intensity. Losing control because of anger is frightening. This is when our judgment turns clouded, we cannot think straight, and often say things we soon regret. We act on impulse. This can be deadly. When a driver feels road rage from being cutoff by another car, anger can cause that driver to act erratically. They may speed to catch up to the #$*@! that cut-them off in order for revenge and not see that pedestrian crossing the road. Because all they saw was red. Mindfulness provides a greater awareness of your body and emotions. The simple act of remembering to breathe can be vital.

A zen driver would say “What I feel now is anger. Breathe. I could be unreasonably angry. Perhaps the person that cut me off is a husband rushing his wife in labour to hospital to give birth. I cannot understand their situation, therefore I must consider all perspectives and possibilities. Breathe. If that driver is simply being an &*%$#! then I should feel happy I am not them. Karma will solve all matters. Two wrongs do not make a right. Breathe.”

If you can control and tame anger, then you are better able to handle high pressure situations. This is valuable in any person because it is often rare. Sometimes physically removing yourself from a potentially explosive situation is beneficial. It gives you the needed time to breathe and regain composure. Different people have different breaking points. Some get angry really quickly, others are like ticking time bombs. Sometimes you touch a nerve with a person, rip off an old scab, and this triggers an outburst of anger. Other people build grudges, are passive aggressive, and slowly add fuel to fire. Determine not only the type of angry you are but that of others.

But do not let anger define who you are.

Happy meditating!

Mind Chirp

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Anger is a primal human reaction. Do not believe anyone that claims you can completely abolish anger and only feel love. Anger is inevitable. At some point you will get angry. It could be at something small, like stubbing your toe, or major, like a nasty insult to you or your loved ones. I am still new to meditation but I’ve noticed that it allows me to accept anger as natural and to find ways to control its intensity. Losing control because of anger is frightening. This is when our judgment turns clouded, we cannot think straight, and often say things we soon regret. We act on impulse. This can be deadly. When a driver feels road rage from being cutoff by another car, anger can cause that driver to act erratically. They may speed to catch up to the #$*@! that cut-them off in order for revenge and not…

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