Another effective method to reduce anger involves imagination or visualization. Again we try to recognize anger early, when there is irritation, frustration, fast heartbeat and breathing, getting quiet or the opposite, loud. Often there is fear, and maybe anxiety. Imagine this early anger transforming into a cloud that is imagined way over there in the sky. It drifts across the sky and dissipates. With this so does our early anger. Notice we have not suppressed the early anger, but actually transformed it into tolerance. Of course this does not work the first time so we must be persistent.
Let’s explore patience a bit more. It involves managing and reducing anger. Suppressing anger doesn’t help; later it comes back with a vengeance. We need to transform it. When you churn milk you get butter […]
Are you ready to go further? I would like to share with you another method to transform anger into tolerance, understanding, and eventually compassion. This one comes from the 8th Century Indian Buddhist saint, Shantideva. […]