Once we learn to identify the early signs of anger like irritation, fast heartbeat, etc. then we can go to work. There are several approaches to shift the early anger so that it does not become full blown. Firstly, visualize the early anger as a cloud drifting across the sky. As it does, it fades and totally dissolves. Another approach is to visualize your early anger as a crystal ball that you hold in your hand. Visualize dropping it on a cement floor where it shatters into thousands of pieces. These approaches do not work the first time. We must be diligent and NEVER GIVE UP TRYING! Eventually these methods will work. Notice that we are not suppressing our early anger. Suppressing just allows the anger to build up and one day it explodes. There is another method that we’ll save for later. Happiness and anger are like oil and water; they block each other. So go to work!
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. […]
Let’s review anger management as this is our pillar for cultivating compassion. Patience and tolerance are cultivated through transforming anger. Tolerance can easily flourish into love and compassion. Anger management does not mean suppressing our […]