Did you Get Angry Today?
Did you get angry today?
Come on be honest.
Did you swear under your breath when someone cut you off in traffic?
Did you grimace after talking a phone call from your mother, your mother in law, your partner?
Did you get pissed after stubbing your toe?
Anger is an ancient part of our human psyche. Back then we used it for dealing with danger, like running away from a wild animal or a rival tribe. Anger releases a flood of chemicals including adrenalin, putting our body and mind on high alert.
In the here and now anger doesn’t serve this purpose. It is more of a learned response. Most times anger is a reaction to a situation long past but triggered by current events. Prolonged periods of this emotional state lead to fatigue, pain and mental confusion. As I was researching this article, one of the most interesting and liberating lessons was the revelation that past anger is often disguised as problems that we don’t associate with anger – traits like depression, fidgeting, being secretive, feeling victimized, and being a workaholic.
Unresolved anger stays trapped in the body. According to Chinese medicine anger resides in the liver which corresponds to the navel chakra in Yoga. When our navel chakra is strong, we have the energy to take action and accomplish things. When it is weak, we have difficulty taking action for ourselves. Not taking action on our own behalf and falling prey to the manipulation of outside forces, breeds more inner anger and rage.
Kundalini yoga is a safe and effective way to release the energy of anger. You don’t even need to know why you are angry or be able to identify where it came from. You just need to know that everyone has it and everyone needs an opportunity to let it go.
I have just started a 40 day practice with this meditation. Join me and add your comments on our YouTube page.
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