9 days ago by astronomydork

Today is a day where I failed many times to react to negativity in a loving manner. For many years I was under the impression that there were only two ways to deal with a heavy emotion such as anger. Those two ways involved either expressing the anger or suppressing it. However, there is a third choice. That choice is to just notice it. When we quietly take notice of something and reach out to it with gentleness, it often dissipates. It just doesn’t have the same grasp over us. The problem is my reaction to the anger and not the anger itself. I have found that it is easier for me to have compassion for others than for myself. Tonight, I will look in the mirror before bed and say, “I am human, help me to be”. It’s important to forgive ourselves. That was today’s lesson. Attempt to do a better job noticing the anger as it manifests within. Take notice of the anger with loving kindness. Have compassion for the spiritual infant in the mirror, give him a self-hug and remind the kid that tomorrow is another day.