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Anger Management - For Today Only

November 27, 2008 | by Trish Edwards

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to review some of my old yoga DVDs. I do this periodically to help keep my home yoga practice fresh. The last thing I expected to discover was a profound insight into the first Reiki precept: For today only, do not anger.

Anger has been the most challenging precept for me, I confess. To say, “Just for today, do not anger.” is almost the same as saying, “Just for today, do not inhale.” There are many days that I find myself reacting in anger several times during the day, with varying degrees of intensity. Maybe one of the dogs destroyed a book. Or, someone ran over my foot with a cart at the grocery store. Perhaps a thoughtless turn of phrase in an email hurt my feelings and sparked anger.

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