Venting is not the healthy release of anger but, in fact, the practice of it.
By Jenny Beatrice
Last week, all of my consumer transactions had a glitch from online banking to my cable bill to online shopping. The calls to remedy these situations had me on the phone for hours–time I did not have to spare.
In an effort to be civil, I always preface my complaint calls by telling the reps, “I know this is not your fault but…” and proceed to rant about the injustices that have been perpetuated on us, the abused consumers. I know these operators are only a cog on the wheel, but I have to vent to someone don’t I?
After spending a week on fire, I spend the weekend reading Anger by the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, meditating on how we can transform our anger into love with good practice.
He says that venting is not, as once thought, the healthy release of anger but, in fact, is the practice of it. In that case, I’ve had a lot of practice.
Hanh says, “If practice is correct, if the practice is good, you don’t need five or ten years, just a few hours may be enough to produce transformation and healing.”
Now that sounds like time well spent.