NaPoWrimo 2017, poem 8

Working with Emotions

Feel the rage —

hold it in your mind,

this flaming phoenix,

try to pin it down

for dissection.


Watch your mind

try to locate your anger

in time and space.


What is anger’s essence?


It’s not really a flaming phoenix is it…

that was a

flight of imagination.


But seriously…

does anger have shape, color, texture?


Keep looking, sensing, listening…


Is the anger still there?

Yes? Use its energy

No? Let it go.



Now do this again

the next time you encounter






Inspired by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s book Emotional Rescue

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