How to reduce your anger through patience.
Welcome back to ‘Three Thoughts Thursday’ Within this weekly blog I will share the three thoughts that have been at the front of my mind over the last few days. I hope these three thoughts which have been inspired this week by the Tibetan monk Geshe Kelsang Gyatso can be of benefit to you.
The awareness of anger
I never really knew I got angry until in a Buddhist class I attended some years back. The teacher asked the students in the room whether a situation described annoyed them. These questions about situations carried on until I said yes it does annoy me a dozen times. I began to notice and catch my various forms of anger arise time and time again over the days to come such as things as small as the traffic lights changing color before I drove through. I am sure I am not the only one frustrated by so many trivial things each day.
The dangers of anger
Anger is a delusional state of mind that exaggerates the bad qualities of a situation, its venom has the strength to harm us now and in our life in the future. Anger arises when life is not going how we want it to. Anger starts as a thought and then can become words or actions that can cause all sorts of harm to ourselves and others.
The opponent of anger
Patience is the opponent to anger. Patience is the ability to accept situations the way that they are. If we practice patience we can live without fear and in turn reduce the feelings of anger dramatically. The many benefits of patience include becoming calmer, empathetic, focused, rational, and resilient.
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