Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva: Verse 2o, Part 4, The Anger Protocol
Using this method feels awkward at first. But soon it gets easy, and with repetition, you’ll overcome your problem with anger
The first moment you feel even a hint of anger, DO NOTHING.
Don’t say one word, don’t make a face, do nothing BUT:
• Take a deep breath, and try to find a place where you’re alone.
• Sit down if you can.
- Start “Left Nostril Breathing” (Put your right index finger over your right nostril and breath in slowly and deeply through your left nostril), breath out through your lips as if they were a straw.)
- Do Left Nostril Breathing for two to four minutes,
- While you’re doing this put your left hand on your heart and think “Self-compassion” over and over, along with your slow, deep, breathing,
Think about feeling compassion for yourself, but don’t think about what made you feel angry. Allow yourself to be distracted by Left Nostril Breathing and feeling self-compassion. Avoid remembering what made you angry.
When you feel yourself calming down, as soon as you can, find a place you can sit down and write.
When you can write, begin to answer these questions:
Today, when did you start to feel irritable, annoyed, angry, edgy, or just off? Try to remember the moment and describe it as best you can.
- Where were you?
- Who if anyone was with you?
- What were you thinking about?
- What were you doing?
- What happened?
- If the situation were a cartoon, what would the caption say?
Write about anything else you were or are feeling:
• Did you feel worried about anyone else?
• Did you feel guilty towards anyone?
• Did you feel sad about anything?
• Put your writing away, to re-read later (to yourself and perhaps to someone else you’re close to). Resume your normal day.
To Be Continued….The next thing comes later
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