Listening to Audio book The Cow In The Parking Lot: A Zen Approach To Overcoming Anger.
Filled with good reminders about how easy it is to stray from realizing we are alive right NOW in this moment. So a few thoughts so far:
Good Dog, Silly Monkey.
Next time you get angry with someone, say in traffic, remember that that person will most likely take that anger away with them, and inflict it on their spouse, children, or dog. The spouse and children in turn might well then take their anger out on others. The dog, however, is the only one with Buddha mind and won't get mad at anyone. Good dog, living in the now!
Also, it only recently occurred to me that there are different levels and forms of anger. I used to think anger was only verbally blowing your top or in extreme cases, the use of physical violence. But what about being irritated, impatient, critical, judgmental, exasperated – I’m thinking primarily with young children.
As babies we live totally in the moment, as we grow into toddlers we’re dragged kicking and screaming slowly into future fear, and past regret – if only I’d scored that goal, oh no I haven’t done my homework, etc.
But young children are still more connected to the “now” state than most of us. Why am I still resenting my toddlers tantrum from this morning when he’s happily involved in playing with his train set this afternoon. Who’s the loser? Well, sadly both me and the kid – why is Daddy still mad? Yeah good question – why is Daddy still mad?
Sometimes it’s not easy handling all this testosterone, with the lizard brain butting in whenever it damned well pleases with an adrenaline fix, but I believe through meditation and awareness it is possible to live in the moment as a peaceful being. Good Dog, Good Monkey. Has to be worth a try.
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