I think there’s a big difference between ‘feeling anger’ and ‘being angry’. If we feel anger, it’s probably putting us in a bad mood and making our day worse. But when we are BEING angry, it is dominating our thoughts and feelings, ruining our day, and making it hard to think about anything else. Feeling anger is unpleasant. Being angry is overwhelming. Feeling anger is probably unavoidable. We are all human, although having a better understanding of our feelings is certainly helpful in dealing with our anger. Being angry is the real problem. When we are overwhelmed by our anger it makes us unhappy and leads to nothing but bad decisions. This is what we need to learn to avoid, and it is possible if we just practice mindfulness of our thoughts and feelings.
Author: Daniel Scharpenburg
Daniel is a Dharma Teacher, writer, and podcaster. In his day job he’s a labor activist and government worker. Daniel has been practicing Buddhism and meditating for over twenty years and has practiced with many different teachers. Daniel trained and ordained as a Chan Dharma Teacher in the Dharma Winds tradition under Venerable Yaoxin Shakya. Daniel was given the name QianMing Shakya View All Posts