June 08, 2011

Compassion is More Responsive Than Anger

The June Tricycle Book Club discussion of The Heart of the Revolution by Noah Levine is off to quite a start! The conversation has touched on many topics, ranging from inter-religious issues to getting mad in traffic.

While preparing for this discussion, we had the opportunity to interview Noah about his new book, life and path. The interview, playfully titled "Captain Karma vs. The One Percenters" can be read here. When asked about how one might relate to anger, Levine explains:

Compassion is much more responsive and responsible than anger. Anger freezes us up, right? We get stuck in anger, we become part of the problem. We get stuck in the feeling, “I'm angry, I'm pissed off.” When we can touch into why we are angry, we see that we're angry because we're hurt. We're angry because we're scared, we're angry because we care. Then we can come to addressing the hurt, addressing the fear, and coming from a place of compassion that is fueling the anger. Connect to the compassion and work for positive change with the understanding and acceptance that this is also just the way the world is, and perhaps always has been.

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