“Whatever you resist you become. If you resist anger, you are always angry. If you resist sadness, you are always sad. If you resist suffering, you are always suffering. If you resist confusion, you are always confused. We think that we resist certain states because they are there, but actually they are there because we resist them.”
Note: In this post, I’m sharing the presentation I made at the Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND) in October, 2017. I hope you find it helpful! Love, Gail
Whether it leaves you seething inside or it explodes into your relationships, anger is a powerful emotion. But many of us are uncomfortable with anger, especially if we think we’re “spiritually advanced” enough to have moved beyond it.
How do we react to feeling angry? We fight it, justify it, deny it, or stuff it. We’re frustrated when anger overcomes us and we feel so out of control. We feel guilty if we believe it’s an unwholesome emotion we shouldn’t experience.
Anger is one of the ways the timeless, formless breath of life breathes itself into form. So let’s bring anger out of the shadows of shame and meet it with the endless embrace of love and understanding.
Anger is a normal expression of the human experience. And seen through the eyes of awakened awareness, it’s a doorway to embodying our essential aliveness beyond time and space.
We investigate the experience of anger that’s behind the actions it brings about. Anger consists of a narrative in the mind and strong physical sensations in the body.
We’ll explore how anger contributes to the pain of separation and learn ways to be with the elements of anger that are practical and enlivening.
Unexamined anger feeds the illusion of the separate, limited self. When we turn toward anger with curiosity, it’s no longer the raging beast driving us, but becomes a powerful ally for awakening and authentic living.
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What About You?
What is your experience of anger? What is it like to meet anger with love and understanding? I’d love to hear in the comments…