Just for today, I Will Let Go of Anger
Anger creates serious energy blockages. This negative energy, if allowed, can consume us and our relationships with others. It is a complex inner enemy. At times it flares up inside us spontaneously and other times, we may feel justifiably provoked.
In his book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, Stephen Cope explains the importance of allowing ourselves to truly feel our emotions, even the unpleasant ones. Our natural tendency is to repress what is unpleasant or shames us. Cope says,
“Anger tends to arise in a very visceral wave. It arises, crests, and then passes away.”
5 steps to ‘ride the wave’ when experiencing anger or any negative emotion:
1) Breathe – Bring awareness to your breath. Soften the belly and breathe deeply.
2) Relax – Release tension in the body.
3) Feel – Consciously explore the feeling. Where do you feel it physically? How does it feel?
4) Watch – Observe the feeling without judgment.
5) Allow – Don’t resist the feeling. Surrender to the wave of sensation. Let it pass on it’s own.
Anger is a natural emotion. Resistance to negative emotions doesn’t make them disappear, rather, they grow stronger beneath the surface. Once we grasp this concept of ‘riding the wave of emotion’ we find it easier to respond rather than react negatively.
Yoga or any type of movement can help to move energy in the body and provide release. Forward folds (bending forward from the hip) are excellent for release. Standing or sitting forward folds passively use gravity to stretch the back muscles, releasing tension and inducing relaxation with each exhale. Bending forward creates space between each vertebra, improving circulation. This stimulates and nourishes the spinal cord impacting various organs and the brain.