There have been more than 100 hate and racial crimes reported in the UK since Brexit last week. Reported. Which means hundreds unreported. It is so easy to go with our feelings and act out our aggression, like something is going to get better because of it. It doesn’t. It just provides temporary relief – as we all have experienced.
Pema Chodron, the Buddhist scholar and monk, talks about the opportunity we have to NOT go with our habitual thing – to lash out when we feel disappointed or cornered. Every time we refrain in this way, we burn up another seed of aggression for yourself and the world.
There will always be things that anger us. Leadership in our own lives means solid anger management and employing serious communication skills, especially in times like these.