Just for today, do not anger

Sometimes it takes every ounce of willpower not to respond to situations with anger, even more so when we feel justifiably so. But, just for today, do not anger.

You may be totally justified in feeling angry, which in turn actually only serves to fuel it. But take a moment to think on how that's making you feel? Better or worse? (Usually worse). Has your anger healed or resolved the situation? (Usually no - and usually only serves to make it worse). 

The first #Reiki precept "Just for today, do not anger" comes first because without working on anger, we cannot begin to move forward and learn more about our true, compassionate, selves.

It's a tough lesson to learn and one that will be taught in different guises over and over again. Just when you think you're getting a handle on it, a new situation will get at you.

As the quote says, it's not so much about not getting angry, but about not acting on that anger to send out angry vibes because at the end of the day, all that serves to do is ruin your own inner calm, never mind the rest of the ripple effects.

So if it helps, maybe rephrase it "just for today, don't act on anger". The more times or days you can get by without acting on that anger, the more that situation has a chance to change/resolve or evolve and the anger may dissipate. If it doesn't, well then, go back to the start and "just for today, do not anger"!