compassion for anger

June 16, 2011

Treat your anger with the utmost respect and tenderness, for it is no other than yourself.

Do not suppress it—simply be aware of it. Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.

When you are aware that you are angry, your anger is transformed. If you destroy anger, you destroy the Buddha, for Buddha and Mara are of the same essence.

Mindfully dealing with anger is like taking the hand of a little brother.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

2 Responses to “compassion for anger”


  1. How timely this is for me! I am in the southern US visiting my 80-year-old mom this week, and we finally dared deepen our relationship by bringing anger out into the light. We managed to do it mindfully, with respect and tenderness and finishing with tears and hugs.

    • You Are IT Says:

      That’s very nice to hear! I had a mortifying experience with anger earlier today which made me very sad. Your comment was very helpful to me. Thanks!


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