60 Seconds: Practicing To Be Free From Anger.
by Diane Wyzga | September 16, 2020 | 60 Seconds, Podcast | 0 comments
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I don’t know about you but I’ve been struggling with anger. There’s a *lot* to be angry about. Pick something, anything! I bet you *know* what I mean.
Here’s what I wonder: If I wasn’t angry what would I be? And, how do I get there?
My teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has a few practical tips about how to see clearly in a storm:
“Many people don’t know how to handle their strong emotions….To see clearly, we must calm down. When we’re overcome by strong emotions, we’re like a tree in a storm, with its top branches and leaves swaying in the wind.
But the trunk of the tree is solid, stable, and deeply rooted in the earth.
When we’re caught in a storm of emotions, we can practice to be like the trunk of the tree. We don’t stay up in the high branches. We go down to the trunk and become still, not carried away by our thinking and emotions.
We don’t say or do anything; we just breathe mindfully focusing all our attentions on the rise and fall of our abdomen, the trunk of our tree. By practicing our breaths we come back to ourselves where we stay solid, stay free.” [~ Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Fight]
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