Clearing The Fog of Anger, Anxiety, or Other Uncomfortable Feelings

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Feeling unjustly betrayed or attacked by someone, even if we manage to stand up for ourselves, can disturb our peace of mind.

Trying to diffuse the event by reliving it in our mind, or attempting to toss it out by telling our self to forget it, will not chase away any lingering ghosts of hurt and anger.

Whether we obsess about something or sweep it under a rug, we are closing off the part of our self that feels—and it is not easy to shut down our feelings. To keep them numb we might raid the refrigerator or cookie jar even when not hungry, veg in front of the TV or computer, or engage the help of drugs, alcohol, or sex.

Clearing Away the Residue of Anger or Anxiety

Instead of ruminating or denying uncomfortable feelings, it is healthier to notice and acknowledge them. Sometimes, observing thoughts and feelings, without judging them as good or bad, allows them to shift and resolve.

If simple awareness does not clear the fog of thought and feeling, this pleasant exercise can help:

  1. Either lie down or sit comfortably with the spine straight. Notice your breath flowing in and out of your nostrils. Then, notice your belly expanding with each inhale, followed by the expansion of your chest.
  2. Now, imagine inhaling through the top of your head (crown) and exhaling though the soles of your feet. When inhaling through your crown, think the words, “I am.” When exhaling through the feet, think the word, “here.”
  3. Next, inhale through your crown thinking, “I am.” Exhale through your lower forehead thinking the word, “clarity.” Repeat a few times.
  4. Inhale through your crown thinking, “I am.” Exhale through your heart area thinking, “compassion.” Repeat a few times.
  5. Now, visualize (picture in your mind) the conflict or event troubling you. Inhale through your crown thinking, “I am.” Exhale through your solar plexus (stomach area) thinking, “courage.” Repeat a few times.
  6. Next, visualize any image (person, place, animal, or object) that reminds you of calm strength. Inhale through your crown thinking, “I am.” Exhale through your solar plexus thinking, “calm strength.” Repeat a few times.
  7. Finally, inhale through your crown thinking, “I am.” Exhale through your heart area thinking the word, “love.” Repeat.

Source: LifeForce Yoga
Photo credit: Guy Tetreault

 
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