Anger

Meditation and prayer help me deal with my anger, especially when I ask God to remove my anger. I try to understand what pushed my buttons, and why I reacted the way I did. Most of the time I am not cursed with anger, most of the time I feel good. Anger is part of H.A.L.T., and to that end when anger overcomes me I know to stop when it strikes. Much of my anger is ego-oriented; someone has hurt my feelings, someone has called me a bad name, something happened that tells me that my pride has taken a hit. Whatever the reason for the anger, the truth of the matter is that my anger can be hurtful to not only myself but to those I love. Through the recovery process I have given up a lot of my anger and have found a peace within that I never knew existed. I am grateful for this change in my life, and the changes in my behavior towards others, and myself. Thanks to the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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7 thoughts on “Anger

  1. JUNE 17
    “DEEP DOWN WITHIN US”
    We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last
    analysis it is only there that He may be found. . . . search
    diligently within yourself. . . . With this attitude you cannot
    fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to
    you.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 55
    .
    Ah-ha the beginning of mysticism, “I in Him and Him in me” expressed in our Grand Book.

    Harry, grateful 12th stepper.

  2. I think prayer/meditation helps me slow down and pause for a few minutes (or so). I also use the time to gently remind myself of Step One and my inability to control my drinking.

  3. Our literature (BB) suggests each morning we ask to be shown the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love, p.82.
    A page or so later we are reminded that love and tolerance of others is our code, p.84.
    So we are shown both The Way (a habitual method or manner of living) and The Code (the law, or manner of conduct to which we owe fealty), in a few paragraphs laying out a daily spiritual practice which maintains my fit spiritual condition, to earn my reprieve.
    In my experience the more I adhere to the suggested daily practice on pages 82-88, the more love fills my day and the less frequently and less intensely my character defects manifest themselves in both my life and the lives of others- the more useful I become.
    Thus, the realisation of the God’s gift, now, in my heart.
    So grateful…

    • Thank you Tom. We discussed this very topic, PTKL, at our emotional sobriety meeting yesterday! What a great outline for my next 24 hours.

  4. Thanks for your shares. I’m struggling to accept things the way they are because it is in God’s plan today. Family issue is not ideal for selfish me and I’m trying to let it go. Praying on it now. Just typing this is helping. Thanks to all fellow aa ‘s.

  5. Top of the morning family,

    “When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday’s and sometimes today’s excessed of negative emotion- anger, fear, jealousy and the like.” BB p88

    Anger in itself is a valid feeling/emotion. It must come out to find out where it was invited in. Now the key here is action. Just knowing that the anger exists doesn’t change a thing. It’s action that works to remove this emotion.
    What’s my motives that are producing this anger?
    Anger comes into 3 arena’s in King Clay’s life:
    Fear of rejection, fear of criticism, and my favorite-fear of loss.
    My misery, His Mercy

    It’s a good day to have a humble pie day.

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