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Often it's important to remind oneself of something, every day, when interacting with a person who is angry, sad, enraged, fearful or mean.
It's easy to begin to judge this person as wrong, bad or to be avoided. Our minds may label this person in a permanent way.
"They are such an angry person."
The truth lies a bit deeper. This particular person is experiencing a temporary wave of emotion that is causing them to act in a certain way, at a certain time.
Imagine it a different way. If you came upon a person who is sleeping, you wouldn't believe that there were a "sleepy," person. Rather, they are someone who is currently sleeping.
In the same way, we are all, alway, riding the roller-coaster of emotion that is part of the experience of being a person. Always and ever changing, is the only permanence.
Also remember what it takes for this person to behave this way. They have to be angry, sad, enraged, fearful or mean on the inside first. They must be suffering.
And what they probably need, beyond our judgement, or hate, or avoidance is for someone to compassionately listen to them, so they can release their suffering.
Here's to meeting every and all states with compassion!
"Are you mad?"
The question of our anger comes up often. In the past, my gut reaction was to instinctively say "No."
But. Maybe you aren't fine.
You are suffering.