changing my mind about anger

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. ~ Buddha

A man once cursed the Buddha to his face. The Buddha only smiled. The man became even more incensed and asked, “Why don’t you respond?” The Buddha replied, “If someone refuses a gift, it must be taken back by the one who offered it.” The Buddha then recited this verse:

“For those with no anger,
how can anger arise?

When you practice deep looking and master yourself,
you dwell in peace, freedom, and safety.

When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other,
your mind will enjoy true peace, joy, and lightness.

You become the doctor who heals himself and heals the other”. ~ Thich Nhat Hahn

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.”Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.”
William James

The root of all difficulty and conflict lies in the mind; therefore, the solution to all difficulty and conflict lies in changing the mind.  ~ Kusan Sunim