Angry! That’s what I felt the morning I received numerous calls and e-mails from my friends informing me that my Blissful Thai Yoga Therapy e-mail account was compromised. Scammers got hold of my password and wrote a fraudulent e-mail to all my Yahoo contacts from my business account, asking them to send money because I was “in Europe” and “needed cash to get back home!” During my forty minute drive to work, my cell-phone rang incessantly, flooded with calls from concerned friends and colleagues.
How could someone be so unethical? And for profit? Anger rose up inside me as I drove. I tried to remain calm, being mindful of my breathing and keeping positive. When I finally got to work, I found a deluge of concerned e-mails, primarily from friends and colleagues, sharing their support for my SPAM Challenge. I sent out a note of apology via facebook to my friends for the inconvenience. Already bombarded with a flood of junk e-mails, I didn’t want a scammer’s e mail to be a cause of concern for my friends.
As I posted my apology, I noticed my good friend Hillary had uploaded an interview with Thich Nhat Hanh, the noted spiritual practitioner and humanitarian, whom I deeply respect. Even sweeter, Ram Dass, one of my favorite spiritual teachers, was doing the interview. With that weird synchronicity life sometimes has, the interview was titled: “The Mindfulness of Anger.”
As I watched the video, it felt like Thich Nhat Hanh spoke directly to me when he said, “Embrace your anger tenderly, be mindful of it and then cultivate your loving kindness, so that it can take care of the negative anger energy.”
Now I had a positive course of action. Rather than being drawn into my own abyss, fretting over the injustice of the scammers, I could tenderly acknowledge my anger and then send loving kindness to dissipate the growing negativity. How does this happen? Simple: by breathing mindfully!
Breathing in say to yourself: “I know I am angry.”
Breathing Out say to yourself: “I am taking good care of my anger.”
I found it most helpful in dealing with my Spam Challenge and am planning to use it often, whenever my ANGER ENERGY rises again. I have the solution to my anger, right inside of ME! What a positive spin on ANGER!
Thich Nhat Hanh’s eloquent interview:
May it bring you some peace in dealing with your own anger. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shant!
Lastly, a big “Thank You” to Hillary Branoff, who was guided lovingly by the Universe to post the interview on my FB when I needed it so much.