Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
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Thich Nhat Hanh proposes that anger, and other emotions we perceive as negative, are in fact our way of letting ourselves know that something needs taking care of. Just as we would not ignore signs that something such as our liver needs taking care of ...more
I added this book to my "to-read" list, I knew I had to read this book before something unspeakable happens, but it's ok ...more
I first read this book in 2005 for a book club I was part of in LA. I HATED this book with a passion. Instead of helping me not feel angry (which I really was during that time anyway), it made me furious! I had a very short patience for it and I felt that the book talked to me as if I were a stupid child. I really hated that book.
However... I've grown up, matured. I re-read this book about a year ago and it was so very hilarious to realize how ...more
It's because he IS saying the same thing again and again.
That is how the Buddhist mantra conversation works.
If you will read the work over period of a long time, like a practice, you will notice a paradigm shift in you ...more
1) preachy and patronizing sentences, such as: we must recognize... we need to... it is important to... that is the real truth ... that is sheer ignorance...
2) many clichés,
People actually need only half of the food that they daily eat....more
To eat properly, you should chew food at least 50 times befor
this book is fantastic. it's not just about anger, it's about all emotions that might be causing some sort of intensity (whether good or ...more
Anger was well worth the second purchase. His reframe of anger and relational disruptions as an interpersonal problem is a gift that we should all carry with us, one tha ...more
Unfortunately, Thich Nhat Hahn It lost my respect and attention when I got to the paragraph about how eating the eggs and meat from "angry chickens" makes us angry. Really? And this must be the absolute truth because a vegan/vegetarian monk says it must be so? Where is the sci ...more
However, anyone with a two year old child, will tell the author of the book to go stuff it, and get ANGRY!!!
One of the oft-repeated mantras in the book is about compassionate listening and loving-kindness speech. It seems obvious ...more
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This book is repetitively redundant, no pun intended: It repeats the same idea in three or four ways on a single page or two, and then reiterates them 20 or 30 pages later. If you removed all the repetition, the book would be maybe 40 pages instead of over 200. More annoyance are to be found in the use of silly metaphors, like cooking potatoes and watering seeds, without ever ...more
Also, the techniques mentio ...more
"When you begin with yourself, you will be able to restore communication, and the other person will change naturally."
Really? Will they? *sigh* After reading about angry chickens & a bunch of stuff that really only seemed to apply to intimate relationships, I read the above quote & finally called it quits w/ this book. I mean, sure, a person has to start w/ themselves. That doesn't mean another person is necessarily going to alter a gd thing, though. In my experience, more often than not, the...more
I'm sorry! Do we have to just get over the fact that animals are being treated with cruelty and pay more money and be happy with our expenditure? So I should ...more