This morning’s meditation is about modeling compassionate behavior and being ethical in that modeling. Taming my anger has been one of the hardest lessons in my life, but I accepted it as a lesson in order to heal at a very deep level. These kinds of lessons tend to shake one down to the very core and can leave one with a feeling of vulnerability, unworthiness, and miserable. Of all the stories involving Native American compassion, and there are many, I am sitting in meditation with the story of the donation made by the Choctaw Nation to the people of Ireland, who were suffering under genocide by the English. 16 years after being forcibly removed from their lands, the Choctaw Nation collected $170 to be sent to the people suffering during The Troubles in Ireland. Their example of compassionate and ethical behavior is not forgotten.
Right now, we appear to be living in a time where the frequency of anger turning to hate is high. There is a time and place for anger. It is part of the full-spectrum of emotions that make us humans. Anger, properly used, can be a powerful tool for effecting change, both personally and sociologically. Processing it
What do our myths and fables teach us about the dangers of anger fueling hate?
In our conversations, we must learn to keep our anger in check. We must learn how to discern when anger is triggering our hate and prejudice, BEFORE we start pointing it out in someone else. I have found that being able to see my own hatefulness, my capacity for hate, and observing when anger triggers hate, that I am then able to be more compassionate toward others who are embroiled in their personal whirlpools of anger generated hatefulness.
I am not perfect. I am far from being done with the lessons of anger and hate in my sovereign self. I have many miles to travel on that journey. Be compassionate with yourself, and you will find compassion for others to be a powerful energy to live in.
Here are some things that I have learned, and I hope that they help you:
Be honest with yourself about your personal capacity for hate.
Understand the triggers that move you from a normal human experience of anger to a more destructive energy of hate.
Be compassionate with yourself, but honest and ethical in your self-evaluation. Know what your capacity for compassion is and strive to live in that powerful energy.
Read the myths, fables and parables, and find the truth within them that can guide us to a better way of being on the planet.