“Don’t Get Mad, Get Wise”
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun’s latest book ‘The Gift of Anger‘ is a gift in itself in a troubled world. Inspired by the teachings of his grandfather, there is much we could benefit from.
“We should not be ashamed of anger. It’s a very good and powerful thing that motivates us. But what we need to be ashamed of is the way we abuse it.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
How Does Anger Affect You?
Your body floods with cortisol and adrenaline, apart from physiological effects: raised heart rate and respiration, increased blood pressure, raised temperature etc. the psychological effects can be disastrous. Anger renders one unable to function rationally. A mind controlled by anger is incapable of controlling anything. Picture yourself in a conker match, calm, breathing steadily, focused and in control, take aim… SWING. How did you do? Now picture yourself incandescent with rage, take aim, swing… What are your chances?
‘Blind rage’ is named thus for good reason, rage distorts or obliterates vision. Blind rage is described below :
“Typically inhibits individuals from their capacity to reason, resulting in aggressive or violent behaviours and producing physiological symptoms such as tunnel vision, muffled hearing, faster heartbeat and hyperventilation.” ~ The Counselling Directory
I would argue that the symptoms of tunnel vision and muffled hearing can be psychological too. A person so focused on their anger is unable to focus where it is needed. In business that is catastrophic.
Channel Your Anger
Gandhi teaches us that anger is like electricity, incredibly powerful. It is capable of causing great harm but when used with intelligence and sagacity, it has massive potential (excuse the pun) to be positive. Gandhi teaches us to acknowledge anger, if it is justified channel it to create a powerful, and positive outcome. If anger is unjustified, acknowledge that, accept responsibility for one’s own actions, learn from mistakes and focus on how to channel your energy to become a force for the good.
Image credit: Arun Gandhi
A Positive Outcome
Visualise the positive outcome you could achieve and apply your energy to achieve it.
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“An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Have a browse around the website, more pearls of wisdom although I am no Gandhi! You might enjoy my Radio Uplift piece.
If you wish to purchase Gandhi’s ‘The Gift of Anger’, my gift to you is the link, here
Wishing you peace, Namaste.