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Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha, Book of Psalms, Chinese proverb, Confucius

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Dear Readers,

We all have flash points: situations or behavior in those around
us that instantly makes our teeth clench and our blood boil.
We spin out of control and into a primal attack mode.

I like the term Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh uses: seeds of anger.
It takes the blame off circumstances and people and places anger's
cause inside of us, accurate because no one "makes" us angry. We
allow ourselves to become angry. Consider how mad we get when we
think someone has wronged us. We fume...but then discover it wasn't
them. In fact, no one at all wronged us. So embarrassing! The anger,
now pointless, was completely our own creation. So how to let
our seeds of anger wither and die? Read on...

- Lisa

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When flames of anger flare up, we tend to lash out
at those who have watered our seeds of anger. It is
like finding our house on fire and, instead of putting
out the flames, chasing those who we think started
it. Arguing with others only waters the seeds of
anger in us...Do not think you will feel better if
you can make the other person suffer, too...


Excerpted from "Teachings On Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2007


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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.


The Buddha
(Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta (563-483 BC)


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When you are angry, your face looks like a bomb about to go off.
Close your eyes and ears and return to yourself in order to quell
the flames. Smile, even it if takes effort. Smiling relaxes hundreds
of tiny muscles, making your face more attractive. Sit wherever you
are, and look deeply. If your concentration is not yet strong, you can
go outside and practice walking meditation. Most essential is to water
the seed of mindfulness and allow it to arise in your mind consciousness.


Excerpted from "Teachings On Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2007




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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways;
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret--it leads only to evil.

Psalm 37:7-8
The Holy Bible
New International Version



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If you are patient in one moment of anger,
you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.



Chinese proverb


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Anger is just an energy,and all energies
can be transformed. Meditation is the
art of using one kind of energy
to transform another.



Excerpted from "Teachings On Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2007



The Last Word:

When anger rises,
think of the consequences.


Confucius (551-479 B.C.)
Chinese philosopher and political theorist

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 








 







 

































 

 






Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Show me a sane man, and I will cure him for you.

Carl Jung (1875-1961)
Swiss psychiatrist; founder of analytical psychology

 




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