My anger is ruining my life. Can meditation help me?

December 3, 2018   |   Leave a reply  |   FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites

The meditation begins at 17:50
Audio only version is here.

Hello, dear meditator,

Wow, I talked a lot before today’s meditation. If you’d like to go right to the meditation practice (which is always the most important bit), just skip ahead to 17:50. Otherwise, please click “play” to hear a response to this week’s question, from Adam:

I feel like I have been swimming in an anger pool for about a month (and probably unknowingly for 38 years) and my heart feels shut off. I get small windows of relief from that anger but it doesn’t shift easily. I am not sure how to change that. Do you have any advice? I had a meditation practice for a long time but dropped it, along with a number of other spiritual practices recently. Thank you in advance!

In my answer, I speak about the difficulty of working with anger–and the gifts contained within it. In addition to anger, in the Buddhist view, there are other afflictive emotions that contain a gift buried deep inside: pride, grasping, jealousy, and ignorance. In this talk, I describe each of the five gifts with the hope that you will discover that what you struggle with is also your super power.
With love, Susan

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