I've Been Meditating for Ten Years, and I'm Still Angry. What's the Matter with Me?

Mark Epstein

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WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? You're angry!

If you are angry and you meditate to get rid of your anger, you will only frustrate yourself. Meditate because you are angry, not to eliminate it. Thich Nhar Hanh says we must learn how to hold anger like a baby: we need to learn how to be angry, not how to express or repress it. Whenever we take any emotion and make it into an It (as in "I can't stand it any longer" or "I have to get it out of my system"), we are in trouble.

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