Just for today do not anger
This is the second Reiki Principle.
Anger can be both a helpful or unhelpful emotion depending on how it is expressed.
Anger can be used to empower us and take action. It can be used to defend ourselves and those close to us. It gives us a voice to express unfairness and injustice that is done to us or to those that we love. It can also bring people together to fight for social injustices. However, there can be a less positive side to anger. Anger can become destructive, causing issues to the person who is angry and to those around them. Consequences of dysfunctional anger can result in, the loss of a job, poor relationships, sustained unpleasant feelings as well as it manifesting as physical complaints.
Anger can be constructive when it is proportional to the event. This type of anger is expressed in a non-harming way, it leads towards the resolution of an issue and it is usually expressed soon after it arises.
It is this dysfunctional anger that the Gokai directs us to overcoming. If you are feeling angry you can use the meditations or chant the Gokai until the feeling settles. If anger continues to be a problem in your life writing a journal or talking to a professional might help you to understand the root cause of the anger, what triggers it and how it can be expressed in more helpful ways.
There is a Zen anecdote about anger. There is a monk who decides to take a boat out into the centre of a river. He closes his eyes and starts to meditate. He settles into the peace and tranquility of the moment and feels calm and relaxed. Suddenly he feels another boat bumping against the side of his own. He feels angry rising within him, annoyed that someone would allow their boat to clash against his and ruin his peace. He opens his eyes to have words with the person in the other boat. However, when he opens his eyes he can see the other boat is empty. It must have broken away from its moorings. With no one to blame the monk realises that the anger is coming from within him and that it only takes the bumping of an external object to make him feel mad. From that time onwards, whenever he encountered someone that irritated or annoyed him, he reminded himself that he is the source of his own anger, the other person is merely an empty boat bumping into him.
I have written a series of blogs on anger which can be found by clicking on the following links: