On Anger

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.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He gives online teachings through the Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal.

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