Whenever you begin to feel irritated, frustrated or angry, that is the moment to practice the vow of silence. Do not permit your tongue to riot. Silence is the best course of action when your temper flares. Words once spoken cannot be retrieved much like an arrow released from a bow. The popular children's chant - sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me - is false. A more accurate rendition would be - sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can break my heart. Discipline yourself to practice the vow of silence at every moment of indignation, impatience and annoyance.
Victor M. Parachin ...is a
Vedic educator, yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of a dozen books. Buy his books at amazon or your local bookstore.