Anger is a natural human emotion stemming from frustration or resentment.
When you become angry the mind is sending warning signals to the body initiating the “fight or flight” response. Ideally, you want to wait out this biochemical surge until the anger has faded. Just start to breathe slowly and deeply. The breath unites the mind and body. In as much, the breath can have an incredible influence on your well-being. Short and choppy breathing will only fuel the anger. Slow and long, purposeful breaths will restore a sense of calm and tranquility to the physical and mental constitution.
Don’t sit with the anger in meditation, this will only intensify the feeling. Nor should you try to suppress the anger. Face the anger head on, don’t avoid it. Try to pinpoint why you are so upset, then, observe the
emotion in the body without engaging it. Remind yourself that it will pass. Practicing asanas while breathing deeply is another way to ride the anger out to the other side.
Losing self-control can be frightening and the body will likely tense up instinctively resisting the relaxation, just stick with it. Notice the physical effects of the anger on the body without judging or reacting until the anger subsides.
The key is how you express the anger that you are feeling. Instead of reacting impulsively, use the anger to affect a positive change. For example, if your anger is a response to an injustice such as seeing the abuse of a child, let this passionate feeling carry you to a point of action to right the situation. One constructive way to respond may be to contact the proper authorities to protect the child from further abuse.
Anger is part of being human, but when used properly it can set in motion powerful changes for the betterment of humanity.
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