Last week I wrote about letting a storm happen. I told you that it was unwise to keep a thunderstorm in a bottle.
As always, there is a “that being said” that can be said. And that saying is this:
Just because a storm needs to happen, is no reason to seek one out, or manufacture one. And just because it’s happening, doesn’t mean you are at its mercy.
The most important part of last week’s sermon was the phrase “as long as you don’t turn around and ride back into the damn thing.” The second most important part was when I made an allusion to Benjamin Franklin’s mythical studies of electricity using a kite and an iron key.
Anger can be healthy. If nothing else it lets you know there’s a problem. It won’t likely be the first thing on your mind at the time, but knowing there is a problem is the first step towards a solution. The key to anger management is to look past the superficial causes, look past the immediate surface of whatever angers you, and find the root source of the problem.
They are rarely the same thing. A manifestation is rarely its own source.
Looking past the surface to substance is a core component of Zen Bikerism. This is a good place to start, since it’s a fairly common occurrence.
I’m not saying that this is an easy thing to do. When something makes you angry, it tends to take up most of your attention. Looking past it to figure out what makes it tick can be a Herculean task.
But it is possible. And it is within your power. You can Transmute Anger To Progress.
The fact that it is not always feasible or desirable to do, does not mean that it is never feasible nor desirable to do.
The trick is knowing when to ride through a storm and when to hunker down in it. You learn to get a feeling about these things. And to trust your feelings.
Meditate on that.