Do you sometimes feel so enraged with anger you literally can't see straight?
What makes you so mad that you can't control yourself?
Have you ever thought maybe your anger may have more to do with you than to what you're mad at?
A Lesson About Anger
One day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have no right teaching others," he shouted. "You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake!"
The Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man, "Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?"
The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, "It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”
The Buddha smiled and said, "That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself."
You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.
"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger" | http://wp.me/p5mKU3-ks
The first step to overcoming anger is forgiveness.
First, forgive the person that "caused" you to be angry. Second, forgive yourself.
Forgiving someone doesn't mean you agree with them... it doesn't mean the reason you're angry is ok... it definitely doesn't mean the cause to your anger wasn't harmful or malicious... it doesn't undo the hurt that was done.
Forgiveness does, however, free YOU.
Yes: Forgiveness benefits YOU... not anyone else.
It allows you to release that harbored resentment and continued anger that builds up inside. The moment you forgive (whether or not you tell the other person), you release that negative emotional charge within you. You become more peaceful from within, and it opens the door to further emotional healing.
Forgiveness is the door to overcome anger | @warmlyrustic http://wp.me/p5mKU3-ks
Forgiving others and yourself empowers you to move forward and not allow one event to control the rest of your life. It reduces anxiety, moodiness, and mental blocks that prevent you from striving for success in self-improvement journeys and in professional endeavors. Forgiveness frees up the mental and emotional capacity for you to move forward and heal from the damage done.
Have you forgiven yourself and others lately?
I'd love to hear about it below in the comments!