Sunday, October 28th, 2012 Focus: Once I become aware of any anger in my mind, I drop it and let it go.

Sunday, October 28th, 2012
 
Focus: Once I become aware of any anger in my mind, I drop it and let it go.

The ability to see your own anger is critically important. The rub is that we don’t want to see ourselves in this unflattering light, so we deny and resist it with all our might. Otherwise, anger is relatively easy to recognize. The absence of anger is love, and the presence of anger — no matter how sweetly it’s disguised or how justified it may feel — is not love. All anger is an attack directed externally against another.

Anger takes many forms: irritation, lack of patience, refusal to communicate, holding a grudge, talking behind someone’s back, insolence, making fun of someone, manipulation of another, criticism, blame, complaints, harsh words, yelling, hitting, rage, and whatever else you can think of. Even so-called mild irritation is a little temper tantrum — a tiny rage in disguise. How dare you bother me! How dare you ask me to wait! How dare you tell me no!

Sometimes anger is subtle. It appears rational. It’s packaged in kind words. It’s even presented in a helping context. “This hurts me as much as it hurts you, but I’m doing it in your own best interest.” Anger, however, is anger. And it doesn’t really matter how we experience or express our anger. What matters is whether or not we choose to leave the anger in our mind once we become aware that it’s there.

Excerpted from the article: Assertion, Anger or Aggression? by Karen Bentley.

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