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We all experience anger, and getting past the anger to a sense of calm is sometimes difficult. Here is a kundalini yoga technique for releasing anger and finding a measure of tranquility.
This technique is effective with fresh anger, suppressed anger, longstanding hurts and frustrations. It teaches us how to consciously manage angry feelings so they do not dictate our mood or actions.
If you are working on anger management with a counselor or other professional, it is recommended you consult with them about this exercise before using it.
If you have a medical condition or do not exercise regularly, check with your physician before trying this.
What to do:
Not only does this exercise release anger and restore tranquility, it is great for toning your upper arms, chest and shoulders.
Anger lets us know that we are feeling threatened in some way, and this is helpful information to have.
Ideally, we will observe our anger, choose the most effective course of action we can think of and take it. Taking action may involve doing nothing, letting someone know we are angry and why, or discussing the situation with a third party before doing anything.
If you have difficulty managing and expressing anger, consider engaging in individual or group counseling to learn and practice this skill. Being able to express anger, or let it go, can improve quality of life immensely.
Another activity that helps is mindfulness meditation, which teaches us to observe our thoughts and feelings without getting swept away by them.
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