Today His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, advises the following:
The practice of patience protects us from losing our composure. In doing that it enables us to exercise discernment, even in the heat of difficult situations. It gives us inner space. And within that space we gain a degree of self-control, which allows us to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner rather than being driven by our anger and irritation.
I posted the following reply to His Holiness on his G+ page:
Ever since I recognized that I had anger issues and those outbursts of anger were controlling my behavior and thoughts I resolved to practice patience. After all my higher self is or should be in control of this earthbound physical vehicle at all times or it may go skidding out-of-control doing God knows what damage rippling throughout the Cosmic Consciousness.
While I continue to practice patience I do hit a sour note of anger and or irritation every day.
We are graced by a creator who gave us all the gift of life — which I enjoy immensely — and free will — which I exercise every waking moment. My choices are not always good ones.
However, the place in which we all dwell at the moment is a place of choice where we can all make the right or wrong decision or walk the path between the two.
Whichever we choose our choices are the legacy of our individual journey.
In a world ringing with negative noise patience is difficult to achieve. But I will continue to practice patience until my patience is no longer sporadic but remains constant.
It has been my experience that when patience is achieved it has been practiced away from the annoyances of politics, sports, news, taxes or noisy neighbors. It is best done in a tranquil surrounding devoid of all irritating noises, smells, thoughts and people.
I do on occasion get angry with myself and when that happens I have only me to blame.
- Love and compassion (filipinofestival.wordpress.com)
- The Dalai Lama on Anger, Outlook and Universal Responsibility (ministryofhappiness.wordpress.com)