From the November Newsletter

Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Pastor's Notes | 0 comments

Having a keen interest in psychology for many years I have discovered that for many of us, myself as well, anger is a consuming problem. Of late, I have been reading after ‘Buddhist Psychology.’ One of its attractive premises is freedom, not political but freedom from mental issues such as anger, delusion, and jealousy.

One of the necessary actions for freedom from anger is practice. Often, we are angry because we are suffering. To both comprehend and transform anger we must master how to listen compassionately and to speak lovingly. Are we a are hard or tender person?

The poet who speaks to me (besides William Blake) is Mary Oliver. In her poem, “Some Questions You might Ask,” she writes:

     “Is the soul solid, like iron?
     Or is it tender and breakable, like
     the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl?
     Who has it and who doesn’t
     I keep looking around me.
     The face of the moose is as sad
     as the face of Jesus.”

The master Thich Nhat Hanh writes: “Yet, even if you have the best intentions, you cannot listen deeply unless you train yourself in the art of compassionate listening…Listen with only one purpose: to allow the other person to express himself and find relief from his suffering.”

Practicing is difficult…Okay, Okay! It’s hard! But Jesus asks us to serve, so….

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