A couple months ago I mentioned taking a Reiki class. In that class I was taught the five Reiki principles. Today I’d like to begin exploring these principles. We’ll start with the first principle.
Just for today I will not anger.
All of the principles begin with “Just for today.” This is such a powerful way to begin a life principle, because it forces you to concentrate on the now. Just now, just today; I don’t have to think about or worry about anything beyond, anything in the future. To me, it just seems easier to focus on today. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I know that if I focus on it, just for today, I can follow this principle. I like to think that I can do just about anything for a single day.
I will not anger. Anger isn’t something that we expect. It usually jumps on us when we least expect it. There are often signs it may be coming, but when it comes it’s like a large jungle cat pouncing on us full of ferocity, gnarling teeth, and tremendous roars. Coincidentally I look just like this when I get angry.
I once heard a phrase that has stuck with me. “Anger should arrive slowly and depart quickly.” Now that’s not to say that anger should slowly build, but rather it should be slow to even start building. Then when it does arrive, it should depart quickly. Anger doesn’t serve any purpose; it’s an emotion that gets the best of us, and we can easily lose control to it. Thus it must be quick to depart, or we lose control.
Anger may appear to come from many things, but no matter what we believe the source to be, it actually comes from within. Nobody can make us angry. We come up with the anger on our own, through disagreement or imbalance between our thoughts and feelings and those of someone else. We mustn’t blame others for our anger. I alone must control my anger; I alone must control my thoughts and feelings. It’s like any other emotion really, they all come from within. We decide how we feel. There may be external stimuli, but it’s our internals that process these and act upon them.
So, just for today I will not anger. It’s only one day and I can do anything for a day. Then tomorrow, I’ll do it again, just for a day.
What about you, can you do it, just for today? How do you rid yourself of anger once it’s grasped you in it’s evil clutches?
Photo by Tambako the Jaguar