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5 Mindful Practices To Handle Anger

Anger is a fascinating issue – especially if we tend to hold our behaviors at a high standard. So here are some possible ways to look at the inner and outer situation with Five Skillful Practices to connect with anger.

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(1) Take time everyday to meditate or have a period of contemplative silence.

Notice the stickiness of the emotions that arise. Turn into the emotions and notice the sensations. Emotions are just clusters of sensations to which we give a name. Learn the sensations that you’ve named “anger.” Get to know them when you’re off the cushion or chair.

(2) When those sensations arise as you go through the day, pause and take a breath or two or three – even if the specific sensation is not related to “feeling angry” in the moment.

You’re training your brain not to use the sensation associated with “anger” as a means of becoming trigger-happy. Cultivate compassion for your body; it’s carrying a heavy load with these sensations! Meet the experiences with curiosity and interest.

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