I hope you are all safe and well and keeping optimistic which is very challenging isn’t it? I recently pondered on Anger, does this horrendous situation we find ourselves create anger within, do we want to lay blame on the Government and the powers that be, for the dreadful and painful way our lives have developed? Or do we accept that the virus is here and get on with it in whatever way we can, no blame, no anger, just being grateful we are living and breathing? Of course there are many people who don’t have the privilege of life, who have fallen victim to this wretched disease. However, there are also many people who have terminal illnesses which has no connection to the virus, these people and their loved ones also need support, so many throughout the universe are failed.

The homeless on the streets without hope or a warm place to sleep, war veterans without homes or livelihoods, failed by their so called regiments. Do they feel anger and resentment for their situation? I’m sure they do, and I’m sure they say ‘why me’? We are so judgmental without really knowing the real facts, walking by them in case we catch something, Instead of talking to them, respecting them for who they are, human beings just like us, but down on their luck. A few moments is all that’s needed, on their level, yes sometimes we would get abuse, sometimes it would feel violent, but reacting without anger will calm the situation. They must think that we have no idea what it’s like to have no home, no money, probably addictions and mental health issues, and probably we don’t know.  But that doesn’t stop us supporting them does it? Just spending a few moments listening is essential, perhaps then we may be able to rescue their respect and integrity.

This quote says it all:

“A monk decides to meditate alone.
Away from his monastery, he takes a boat and goes to the middle of the lake, closes his eyes and begins to meditate.
After a few hours of unperturbed silence,
he suddenly feels the blow of another boat hitting his. With his eyes still closed, he feels his anger rising and, when he opens his eyes, he is ready to shout at the boatman who dared to disturb his meditation.
But when he opened his eyes,
saw that it was an empty boat, not tied up, floating in the middle of the lake …
At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization and understands that anger is within him;
it simply needs to hit an external object to provoke it.
After that, whenever he meets someone who irritates or provokes his anger, he remembers;
the other person is just an empty boat.
Anger is inside me. “
Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger is not the answer, anger is within we need nothing to provoke it, just our understanding and compassion to relieve it. Remember Anger is not real, the Reiki Precepts explain this, we need to change our mindset and deal with our inner demons, we will then be free.