Punishing Anger

photo (c) NeverInMyMind

photo (c) NeverInMyMind

This evening, as we were winding down our yoga class and moving into mediation, our instructor said something that really resonated with me.

“We are not punished for our anger, but by it.”

I couldn’t tell you where this golden nugget of wisdom came from–if it just came to him, or if someone long before him had spoken those words and he was calling upon their truth. Regardless, I felt like he was talking to me. Laying there, on the mat, eyes closed, he was talking to me.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in petty little things, and sometimes they are much bigger things, but they end up taking over and potentially ruining a moment, an experience, maybe an evening, a day, a week, or even a lifetime.  In the end, WE are always the ones ultimately punished by our anger. Not the person or thing we are angry at. Chances are, that person moved on long ago and thus we are the only ones on the losing end of our anger.

Do you struggle with letting your anger get the best of you? How can we keep from letting our anger take over?

photo (c) by NeverInMyMind

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