A Way To Release Pent Up Anger and Find Calm

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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.

An Active Anger Management Technique

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:

  1. Sit tall, either cross legged on the floor, or forward on a sturdy chair with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Close your eyes. Allow any anger inside you, past or present, to rise up. Do not be afraid to feel it. After all, it is already there.
  3. Remain angry and make your hands into fists. Extend one arm out, punching your fist forward. As you bring that arm back in, extend the other arm out, punching your fist forward. Continue punching, alternating arms—one fist forward as the other retreats. Breathe furiously and continuously. Let the energy of your anger be consumed by the punching. Keep going as long as you feel any frustration or rage.
  4. Now, lower your arms and relax completely. Smile gently, and become aware of your breath. Inhale into your heart center (center of your chest), and exhale out of your heart center; continue. Breathing into your heart area balances your heart center energy and stimulate feelings of calm and affection.
  5. Continue as long as you wish, enjoying and appreciating the sensations of the heart center.

Not only does this exercise release anger and restore tranquility, it is great for toning your upper arms, chest and shoulders.

Managing Anger

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.

Source: AnmolMehta.com
Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar on flickr

 
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