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Anger Management

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                                            After the curse
                                    and before the reaction,
                                          anger faded into
                                              emptiness.
                            The sage in harmony with the Tao
                              does not allow external discord
                                      to disturb his silence.

                                                                -- Jos Stabbert
                                                               "The Tao is Tao"

Also posted at daily_tao 08/27/16


How does the sage prevent external discord
from  disturbing inner silence?

One way is to increase the time
between the stimulus and the reaction
(Close you eyes and count off ninety seconds --
 w h a t   a   l o n g   t i m e - -
whatashorttime! )
In one minute plus one-half minute
the physiological part of any emotion
will be flushed out of the human body.

Then the emotion will be purely mental
So you don't want to be angry?
Then don't think angry.

I have tried this and it works.

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amaebi
Aug. 28th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
"Capitalism" and other portmanteaued concepts
Way back when, when I was desperate to get a leash on my anger, I finally realized that if I could Just Slow Down that would do most of it. How could I slow down? How? I wondered, and an image of a cud-chewing cow came to mind,and made me laugh. So I thought of pretending to be a cow when I found myself accelerating, which worked, partly because it made me laugh, every time. :)
bobby1933
Aug. 28th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
LOL! Wonderful.

Last night i listened to some comics talking about the election. I LMHO! I now wonder how often humor trumps anger??
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