For myself and as I have seen in others, becoming suddenly angry is part of the disruptions that destroy the equanimity and peace of mind most rapidly, not only in times of meditation, but in the general daily course of living. Consider if you are close to someone who was shot in the Aurora Colorado Shootings over this past weekend. That guy James Holmes is all over the news looking like “The Joker” in the Batman series.
If you are practicing equanimity and peace, but someone you really care about was suddenly shot, your anger will be triggered very quickly. In fact, after a cursory reading of the situation and reading the comments section in Yahoo!, people are angry and crying out for blood… (I for one am a bit neutral on this because by his eye “blinking” and general poise, he seems to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, and was definitely “not in his right mind” when he did these actions. I don’t mean condoning his actions though, just understanding when minds become possessed and beyond the control of the transgressor).
If you were one of the people reading about the Colorado shootings, you may have felt anger. But when you get angry, your very soul is so irritated, your peace of mind is ruined, as is you inner well being. However painful our anger is, however disturbed, you are in control over how much the anger fills you, not matter how serious. Many times you may JUSTIFY your anger, and most people around you will agree with you, making you even more disturbed as people around you are validating your feelings. As this train of thought leads you away from equanimity and peace, know that the more you indulge in your anger, the greater your anger will become!
You have to be very very careful when treading along the thoughts of anger and wishing ill on others. In many ways, anger is like a bondage, you are a slave that pulls you down physically, mentally, and even in within societal terms.
Anger, and wishing ill to someone is like an enemy. Consider… An enemy WANTS painful suffering towards one and is so pleased when misery falls onto that person. Anger achieves this perfectly. “Anger” IS your enemy and “Anger” embodied celebrates when you “lose your cool” and become unsettled.
So what can we do in order to reduce the power of ANGER?