This article follows on from Let go of anger because I realised some people may not want to let go of anger — they feel their anger is justified. I’ve heard various people (even political and religious leaders) at various times say that people have a right to be angry (or even inciting them to be angry) because of ______ (fill in the blank perhaps with injustice, cruelty, corruption, lies, oppression, discrimination, prejudice, bullying, stealing etc). They feel that anger is an energy that can be a force for good against these kinds of bad things. I say that it is passion that is needed, not anger.
Control or no control?
Observe angry people — they have no control over their words or actions, anger just bursts out of them violently, and sometimes anger leads to killing someone. But observe a passionate person — they speak from the heart, often eloquently, and their mannerisms, facial expressions and body language clearly shows their whole body is co-ordinated in expressing something that is dear to them. A passionate person is fully aware of their self whereas an angry person is unaware of self but consumed by the emotion.
Turn anger into passion
Awareness of the self brings good feelings, clarity and understanding. Anger brings distortion, irrational behaviour and it gnaws away at the soul if it become a regular thing. So how to stop it becoming a regular thing, a bad habit? Well, we have to do something about it and not let it fester. We have to learn to notice our anger and change it into passion where appropriate. This all comes with living more consciously. Please refer to Let go of worry and Let go of anger for a few thoughts on how to do this.
Thanks for reading. There is much more to anger and passion than my simple article, so I invite you to start a discussion in the comments below.