The Battle Of Rising Above Anger
Anger is such a strange creature. You know how much damage anger can do, like a beast. So you try to keep it contained, not letting it out of its cage. But somehow, at some point, it’ll sneak past your barriers and stun you with its appearance. It’s frustrating, even scary, but it’s also interesting. How much practice do we have to put into being mindful, until we’re always aware if a beast is present and not let it catch us with off guard? And here’s the thing – the practice of being mindful of our anger can show us that a beast doesn’t have to be dangerous. It’s an indication that it doesn’t have to cause harm. It’ll only harm if we command it to. So maybe we don’t have to contain it… maybe we can instead focus on turning the beast into something else, to give it another definition, another form or name – another animal that radiates joy and peace, instead of one that roars and destroys. Then, we won’t have to lock anything up. We won’t have to worry about losing control. Instead of trying to contain or suppress anger, we’ll just learn to acknowledge it whenever it appears and very quickly be able to let it go. We’ll learn to accept ourselves, flaws and all, and understand that we don’t have to be perfect to be able to make the choice to be our higher self, and choose to be happy, always.