Using Meditation to Stop Anger and to Start Smiling
by Paul Litvin
“Meditation reveals that anger is an illusion like a delicate bubble that pops upon closer examination.”There have been many times I found myself bobbing precariously in deep waters as a result of my anger.
Then I learned to meditate and my life changed. Dealing with anger through meditation is fun, practical, and quite simple. Let me explain…
Whenever I begin to feel the swelling of anger, I give myself time to count deep breaths and to avoid doing anything foolish which would create more problems. Internally chanting the universal mantra “So-Hum” 10 times before saying or doing anything works just right for me. In the scenario of a frivolous anger such as the road rage that ensues after being sharply cut off on the highway, my hot-head cools completely with just those 10 breaths.
However, in the case of a big hurt such as being humiliated at work by my boss, the anger will pierce deeply into my mind and will start eating me from the inside. The consequent fierce desires for justice, retribution, and to fight will not give me any peace. Then I have no choice – I have to find a place to quietly sit alone, breathe deeply, close my eyes, and go into meditation. As I come out of my meditation, I intuitively see that the sources of my pain are my inner insecurity and fear which together blow my Ego out of control. The anger is not me, so I let go.
Meditation reveals that anger is an illusion like a delicate bubble that pops upon closer examination.