’I expect’ is the great illusion, which converts itself into demanding rights without due respect for others.
Anger in all its forms is a direct result of an expectation not being fulfilled and brings cries (although sometimes silent ones) of ‘They should have done this’, ‘Why did this happen?’ or ‘Don’t you know better?’ Disappointment, accusations and demands are violent energies, which we throw around very naturally and easily in our daily life when our expectations are not fulfilled. They are like a burning fire that eats away at our original spiritual qualities, turning them to a dust that pollutes the self and others.
Instead, let us continue to practise returning our thoughts to the self and remembering our original source of peace. In that experience of deep, natural peace, we will find balance and clarity and the ability to tolerate and adjust to the unexpected.
One of the keys of meditation practice is to quickly gather our thought energy and take it inside to connect to our original qualities, no matter what may be happening outside, or even inside!
Let me disconnect from the external and plug in to the internal energies that support me and then I will be able to say goodbye to anger very easily.