In this video, Ram Das interviews Thich Nhat Hanh about anger and transforming emotion. Ram Das asks how we can awaken to balanced mindfulness within a society that is so focused on intellectual energy.
Thich Nhat Hanh:
"When you breathe mindfully, you are not ignoring anger, you are mindful also of your anger…
“Breathing in I know I am angry
Breathing out I am taking care of my anger
“If you continue like this for some time, there will be a transformation in the heart of the anger.
“It's like the sunshine with the flower. In the morning the flowers are not open yet. But the sunshine continues to visit, to shine upon the flower. And the sunshine is not only circulating around the flower, it is penetrating deeply into the flower.
“If the sunshine continues like that for a few hours, the flower has to open herself to the sunshine. Our anger is a kind of flower that needs the care of the sunshine, namely mindfulness.”
Read more about transforming anger in Savor – Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, p.83-85