Anger is something we have all experienced to a greater or lesser extent probably every day of our life.  In one sense it is part of the normal human experience.  However when expressed, anger can be abusive and harmful to the person it is directed at, and can leave us feeling full of regret and shame.

It is important to understand that it is our response to a situation that results in our anger, and not the person or the situation that causes us to be angry.  In some situations you may feel your anger to be justifiable, however it is always best to pause before considering what would be the most helpful thing to say or do in the circumstance.  In that way it limits any potential damage, and the energy of anger can be harnessed in a positive way.

Holding on to irritations, resentments and harbouring thoughts of revenge will,  in the long run, only result in diminishing our own wellbeing at all levels: mind, body, emotions and spirit.

There is always work to be done in changing our attitudes and habitual responses.  There is no quick fix and it requires an intention to change, while being persistent and determined.  By being still and quiet in meditation we can draw on our qualities of tolerance, forgiveness, understanding and compassion. We can connect with who we truly are; a peaceful loving being, and, when faced with a challenging situation, we can respond from that part of our being.

Craig Brown

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