This illustrated philosophy by Zenism is a small but fruitful suggestion for lessening our struggles with personal anger and frustration. Acts of kindness can help us make room for what's important to us through life's tough situations and emotions. Practising acts of kindness leads to raised feelings of empathy, compassion and connection, making it a simple and versatile solution to most of our troubling emotions - importantly anger.
Even though it's simple, this illustrated monk shows that it's easier said than done. We all get caught up in life's daily dramas and often forget to be mindful, so it's important to remember that that's okay too - don't lose heart and keep practising. The jolly pig might intrude on the lone monk's peace - but he chooses not to succumb to his frustration and uses his axe to cut flowers in a gesture of respect. Anger has something important to remind us of our values, the underlying and often unrecognised concepts that drive and guide us through life. So long as we practice accepting our anger as it happens*, practice observing it and not reacting to it, we can learn a lot about what really matters to us. As we learn and practice, we get better at dealing with this difficult emotion as it arrises.
Let this Tee be a reminder for when things get sticky and let kindness become a practice that serves your greatest values.Printed on an Etiko, Fair Trade t-shirt. Made from 100% Organic Cotton.
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*Acceptance doesn't mean that we should tolerate the acts of anger, such as violence abuse or bullying. Acceptance means that we can practice non-reaction when confronted with our difficult emotions. We always have a choice in our actions, and by learning to accept that emotion we can create space and lessen its control of our behaviour. We can then choose to act in accordance with our values.