― Thích Nhất Hạnh, For a Future to Be Possible: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life
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Dungeon Prompts ponders Anger Management. Anger what a negative emotion. Anger is just some spoiled aspect of ego revealing itself. A spiritual teacher of mine once said, “We know the adage: I have the right to be angry, but he suggested that, “We have the right NOT to be angry.” Anger is not some gift of an emotion. Does anger make you happy? Ever? Abraham via Ester Hicks has a scale of emotions, and suggest that anger is a step up from depression, so being angry is a step up from being depressed. I can see that, but do not stay in anger. It’s just not healthy.
People that require anger management obviously are lacking a spiritual connection between their aspect of Source and Source. You know the saying, Misery loves company? Well anger wants anger. When someone is communicating or interacting in anger it inspires anger in the recipient. You really have to have a strong spiritual core to not react with anger when hit with anger.
A strong spiritual practice, especially cultivating chi/prana is like fuel to boost your source connection. Anger and love simply cannot exist in the same space, if we are angry we are not in love, if we are in love, we cannot be angry.
Back to “Man know thyself.” The best tool we have is self-observation while being in conscious awareness. I am still catching myself a beat too late. If someone driving cuts me off, I react in anger, then the very next second I realize I have missed a golden opportunity to transform myself in awareness from an automaton. Why not just lay off the gas and smile and think a happy thought? Why not? Because I am just falling into an automatic reaction. It happens less but it still happens. I still get angry, but…. I believe in oneness and if we are truly one, then we are getting angry with our self.