When life is not the way we want it, we react. Though life is neutral, with no bias toward fitting our pictures of how it should be, we continue to believe that life should go the way we want. And when it doesn’t, the result is often anger, in one form or another.
I’m not talking only about big explosions of anger. We can be angry in the form of impatience if we have to wait in traffic at a red light. We can be angry in the form of irritability if our television remote stops working. We can be angry in the form of self-righteousness if someone arrives late. We can be angry in the form of frustration if our team loses. We can be angry in the form of indignation if we feel we are ignored or not appreciated.
If we could see our angry emotional reactions clearly, it would become obvious that they deplete us and narrow our life. Most of the time we don’t even see how we leak away energy through anger, how we narrow our life, or how we perpetuate our suffering through our attachment to life’s going a particular way.
Excerpted from the article:
Notice Your Anger: It Is A Path to Awareness
by Ezra Bayda.
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