Even the most zen, enlightened people experience anger and other negative emotions from time to time.
Even though it can feel overwhelming, anger can be one of the most powerful and productive emotions. It’s also one of the most destructive depending on how you let it live inside you and how you express it.
Have you ever noticed how people often become more fit or successful after a break up? Or how injustice can urgently spark people to come up with miraculous new solutions to better themselves and the world.
Anger holds a high energy. It can drive us forward with incredible momentum if we let ourselves respond rather than react to our lives.
Feeling anger more effectively:
- Take a step back when someone angers you and try to redirect your feelings. Are you really angry with them? Or are you angry with the circumstances that have led to the beliefs they hold which dictate their behaviour. Address the issues not the person.
- Use your anger as motivation for your next workout! Imagine yourself stomping away your problems under your feet as you run, or punching them as you hit a heavy bag.
- Detox! When we hold onto anger, we often hold onto toxins and weight as well. As we release our anger, we shed toxins and excess effortlessly. Cleansing your physical body (and space) can help cleanse the heart and mind too.
- Find where the anger lives within your body. Send white healing light to that area and imagine moving the anger through your body and out your feet to be recycled back into the Earth.
- Meditate with your anger. Sit with it for at least 10 minutes. Allow yourself to safely explore your emotions without reacting or taking action. Discover what part of you is upset by someone or something.
- Laugh! Make light of the situation Be like the Heyoka!- “The heyókȟa functions both as a mirror and a teacher, using extreme behaviors to mirror others, and forcing them to examine their own doubts, fears, hatreds, and weaknesses. Heyókȟa have the power to heal emotional pain. They provoke laughter in distressing situations of despair, and provoke fear and chaos when people feel complacent and overly secure, to keep them from taking themselves too seriously or believing they are more powerful than they are.”-
- Use the momentum of your anger to propel you forward into your next project or to bring a new zest of life force into any current undertakings.
- Forgive! Let go! Light hearts are happy hearts. Send love back to the situation or person who angered you and float the fuck on with your fabulous life!
 Nelson, Elizabeth Hoffman (1998). “The Heyoka of the Sioux”