Ricard: Watching Anger with Awareness; part one

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Imagine that you are overcome by very strong anger.
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It seems to you that you have no choice but to let yourself be carried away.
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Helpless, your mind is repeatedly drawn to the object that triggered your rage as iron is drawn to a magnet.
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Someone has insulted you, and the image of this person and his words constantly come to your mind.
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Every time you think of them, you let loose a new flood of resentment, which nourishes the vicious cycle of thoughts and reactions to those thoughts.
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It is time to change your tactics.
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Turn away from the object of your anger and contemplate the anger itself.
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This is a little like watching a fire but no longer feeding it with wood.
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No matter how intense the fire is, in a little time it will go out all by itself.
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