The Daily Post | Unsafe Containers | Anger

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Unsafe Containers | Anger

Which emotion(s) — joy, envy, rage, pity, or something else — do you find to be the hardest to contain?

When looking at anger as a negative emotion, we need to think whether it is beneficial. Even if it may be natural, it is important to examine it and see it’s qualities. It involves exaggerating negative qualities, or projecting such negative qualities onto a person or object, that may not be there. It also creates negative karma for us, which will bring more suffering. Further, it obscures the mind, preventing clear realisations. For these reasons amongst others, it is important to be mindful and realise when anger arises, and to try not to react out of anger. This requires discipline and needs to be done each time anger arises. As one does this, one becomes less likely to react in anger. One establishes a habit of not reacting in an angry way. In this way we become much more skillful in our interactions with others. One could say that patience is a good antidote to anger.  So when feeling anger arising, we can teach ourselves to stop and wait.

 

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