Humor For Working With Rage (Was re: Geri Larkin quote)
- Hi Sharon,
I remember posting Geri's quote myself last August with comments:
Earlier before you posted today I noted that my computer rage had spread to "chair rage" (unable to get up to leave the computer) and "pen rage" (even unable to finish the final letters of words on paper). I've realized I should work directly with the rage itself as much more immediate than the object that I can't operate.
I think that Geri's quote is supposed to be humorous, which is one way of working with rage. What I've found particularly helpful is the Akkosa Sutta (audio version conveys the Buddha's voice inflection):
The brahmin Akkosa "the abuser" might have directed rude words at the Buddha just as outrageous as my father does at inanimate objects that don't do what they are supposed to. And the brahmin becomes an arahant at the end of the sutta.
With metta / Antony.
This post is recorded in mp3 audio in our files section:
From: sharon holmes (sharonwerner@...)
Sent: Saturday, 18 June 2011 1:51:53 PM
Subject: Geri Larkin on hindrances - anger
"A strange thing happens as we stumble past the first part of our
spiritual path. Just when we start to be able to see clearly, and
make more out of our everyday moments, we discover that behind our
anger - which we thought we had faced just fine, thank you - is
rage. We all have it, by the way; some of us are just better
pretenders than others, so it isn't obvious.
My theory is that we are all totally furious that we had to born in
the first place. And if that wasn't enough, we've been sold this
incredible bill of goods about life: that it will be straightforward;
that we will naturally be happy; that if we work hard we'll be justly
rewarded; that we'll meet that special someone; that our kids will be
perfect; that we'll always be thin and young and smart; that people
are fair; and that life is easy."
~ Geri Larkin "Stumbling Toward Enlightenment," Celestial Arts
May this be of benefit.