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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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Daniel is a Zen Teacher in Kansas City. He leads Fountain City Zen, a floating meditation community. Daniel is affiliated with the Dharma Winds Tradition, where he ordained in 2018. Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha and he has a weekly podcast called Scharpening the Mind.

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