How do we befriend our inner enemies lust and anger? By listening to what they are saying. They say “I have some unfulfilled needs” and “Who really loves me?” Instead of pushing our lust and anger away as unwanted guests, we can recognize that our anxious, driven hearts needs some healing. Our restlessness calls us to look for the true inner rest where lust and anger can be converted into a deeper way of loving.
There is a lot of unruly energy in lust and anger! When that energy can be directed toward loving well, we can transform not only ourselves but even those who might otherwise become the victims of our anger and lust. This takes patience, but it is possible.
— Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
What do you think about befriending your so-called negative emotions? How might you direct those energies toward loving well?