The Problem with Anger


Anger. A hard emotion to work with.

When we are high jacked by anger we can’t think clearly.   
Underneath anger is fear. 

Our little lizard brain, the amygdala, freaks out. 

The list of possible fears is endless. Loss of control, confidence, worthiness. Not enough of whatever or under attack from someone or something or other.

We may wonder, why doesn’t the world roll out the red carpet for us? Why don’t we get our way? Can you hear your inner tantrum child? I sure can! 

  

The problem is that when anger takes over we don’t think, see, speak or act clearly. This means we are more prone to making really poor choices. 

With practice, mindfulness can help us work with anger and fear. The simple act of observing the emotions can create conditions for allowing them to settle. The fire can only burn so long if we don’t add energy to it by resisting, pushing down, or running away. 

In this calmer space we can figure out what to do with the eye of the heart seeing more clearly what the situation really needs. 

  

Then we can proceed. 

  
Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to share your experiences and adventures here in the comments.

May all find peace.

  

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Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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