The Buddha said that all of us have the seed of fear, but most of us suppress it and keep it locked in the dark. To help us identify, embrace and look deeply at the seeds of fear, he offered us a practice called The Five Remembrances.
One. I am of the nature to grow old. I cannot escape old age.
Two. I am of the nature to have ill-health. I cannot escape ill-health.
Three. I am of the nature to die. I cannot escape dying.
Four. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. I cannot keep anything. I come here empty-handed and I go empty-handed.
Five. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.
Every day we have to practice like this, taking a few moments to contemplate each exercise as we follow our breathing. We practice The Five Remembrances so that the seed of fear can circulate. We must invite it up to be recognized, to be embraced. And then when it goes back down again, it becomes smaller. When we invite our seed of fear up like this, we will be better equipped to take care of our anger. Fear give life to anger. We don't have peace when fear is there, so it becomes the soil in which anger can grow. Fear is based on ignorance. Lack of understanding is also a primary case of anger.
From: Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child by Thic Nhat Hanh. Pages 32 to 33.