Anger.

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where eleven of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Conrad The Old Fossil. The ten other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Rohit,Shackman, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

I get angry. I am human. But, it is rarely that I do and that anger passes away before it can do any harm to me or others. It is rare that it becomes destructive. All that is in the present tense. In the past my anger has resulted in violence and harm but after I took to meditation, it simply became manageable. I did not have to go to any Anger Management Course or for counseling. It simply happened by itself.

Please turn on the speakers before you press the play button if you want to understand what anger can do to a man. Discretionary viewing is advised as the language is devastating.

What this guy and others with similar dispositions need is a dose of Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Just by breathing deeply on your anger, you will calm it. You are being mindful of your anger, not suppressing it…touching it with the energy of mindfulness. You are not denying it at all. When I speak about this to psychotherapists, I have some difficulty. When I say that anger makes us suffer, they take it to mean that anger is something negative to be removed. But I always say that anger is an organic thing, like love. Anger can become love. Our compost can become a rose. If we know how to take care of our compost…Anger is the same. It can be negative when we do not know how to handle it, but if we know how to handle our anger, it can be very positive. We do not need to throw anything away,”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh. In For a Future to Be Possible: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life

23 thoughts on “Anger.”

  1. The video made me laugh myself silly, and reminds me of how I am in the kitchen as I lose patience very easily with cooking, I can no longer multi-task. I swear like a sailor, and am very reserved online in comparison! However, it’s a long time since I’ve kicked or thrown anything, and I used to – a lot. I was a very angry person many years ago, but rarely am these days. That’s not to say that I don’t get angry about issues, but I rarely get so worked up or have the emotion last so long that it becomes a danger to anyone.

    However, funny the guy in the video is, though – I wouldn’t want to be in a room with him. That sort of temper rarely stops at smashing a guitar.

    By the way, Grannymar’s comment about his hand was partially correct, I think. He was having difficulty holding down the chords because he couldn’t get his fingers into the correct position. It happens to all beginner guitarists. (But they don’t all freak out over it!)
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  2. Watching this video is the best thing I did all day! I am going to guess the man is from Barnsley or Blackburn…not that I have anything against people from either of those places but just his accent. Northern accent just makes it a little bit more exciting. Anyhow, looks like the video took all the limelight….but your post before that is interesting. I agree, breathing makes a big difference in calming down. Anybody with a temper problem should try that.
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