Caring for Our Anger: A Lesson from Thich Nhat Hanh. ~ Kathryn Ashworth

Via on Oct 29, 2013


Thich Nhat Hanh wrote the poem “Transforming Anger” after the bombings of Bến Tre during the Vietnam War:

I hold my face in my two hands.

No, I am not crying.

I hold my face in my two hands

to keep my loneliness warm -

two hands protecting,

two hands nourishing,

two hands preventing

my soul from leaving me

in anger.

Taken from, Be Free Where You Are. 

There is nothing we can do to change the circumstances of the past, or to alter a present which is often out of our control. We can only transform how we relate to anything, and we can let go—perhaps not entirely, but with some nourishment, we may return to who we are even after the wreckage of what was.

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha


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Ed: Sara Crolick

About Kathryn Ashworth

Kathryn Ashworth lives in Richmond, Virginia with her cat Johfrit (the littlest knight).  When she’s not writing and daydreaming, she’s grounding herself on the yoga mat. She believes in the transformative power of art and spirituality. Currently she’s studying to become a certified yoga instructor. She welcomes new friends. You can find her on Facebook.


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