Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva: Verse 20, Part 1
If you don’t subdue the enemy inside — your own anger —
The more enemies you subdue outside, the more that come.
Muster the forces of loving kindness and compassion,
And subdue your own mind — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
Here we have our own anger, clearly identified as the enemy inside. From personal experience, I think this might be true. So true I’m going at this one differently.
I have a terrible temper, anyone close to me knows that. Being a woman, it’s not as big a problem as I think it is for a man. When a man shows even a little anger, people get frightened. When I get angry, even when I really lose it, few get frightened — even when I turn red, and my eyes bulge out — though I hate to think how awful that must look. My mother often told me “Take that expression off your face, or your face will freeze like that. It must have worried her terribly, women aren’t supposed to get angry, she worried “She’ll never find a husband” although I found three (and the last one has stayed around for 43 years).
All of this is to say I relate to this Verse 20 with authenticity, I’ve worked on this enemy inside, and created a method to tame it. But what about you? Do you have a problem with anger? If so this method may be just the thing you’ve always wanted, a self-paced treatment for anger called “The Anger Protocol”
(Since I’m only writing one atomic essay a day, it’s going to take a bunch of days to give you this incredible gift, an unbeatable way to tame that internal enemy. And this means I’m going at this commentary in an entirely different way)
So tomorrow: I’ll ask a list of questions so you can find out if you “qualify” — do you really need the Anger Protocol?
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