We all have different kinds of habits based upon the
choices we have made. Some of these are good and some of these are bad.
For example, if you have a habit of getting angry, and then if today you
allow yourself to be overpowered by the anger and you act it out, then
tomorrow there will be that much more tendency to get angry. Thus if it has
been going on for a long time, you are in a sense well along the path of
disaster. The beginning of the way out of this is to recognize that you
have a choice not to be that way. The anger is not your essential being.
It is something that has happened to you, but it is not your basic nature.
Instead, your basic nature is buddha nature — the enlightened quality we
all have. Since the anger is not intrinsic to your being, you have the
potential to reverse that pattern.
~Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, from the book, “Living in Compassion”