“Anger is the wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.” ~ Bodie Thoene
We’ve all experienced moments of intense anger against someone or a particular situation or event, or it’s been a regular occurrence. While you’re made to believe that anger is a weakness and is a shameful emotion, but in reality there is much more to anger than you know.
Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. Its only when it gets out of control and turns destructive, that it can lead to problems in the overall quality of your life, and it can make you feel as though you’re absorbed by an unpredictable and powerful emotion.
Physical impact of anger
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
No matter how much you meditate, practice yoga, and talk about being aware and conscious, but if you are unable to manage your anger, you are sitting in a sinking ship of spirituality with holes of anger. Inner peace, happiness, strength, etc go for a toss every time you blow the matter out of proportion.
Anger increases blood pressure, flow of blood towards the muscles for physical action, and increase in heart rate as well as respiratory levels. Constant unmanaged levels of anger can permanently change the chemical functioning of the body along with damaging different systems in detrimental ways.
Let us understand how anger impacts our spiritual growth and ethereal body.
Effects on Solar plexus chakra
The seven main energy wheels or chakras have a phenomenal impact on our thought process, our behavior, actions and beliefs. The third chakra or the Solar plexus (Manipura) chakra is the birth house of emotions & feelings.
It often deals with raw emotions, like anger, frustration, and intuition or gut feelings. It is said that if consciousness has unfolded in this chakra, more than half of the journey to self realization has actually been achieved.
“The Manipura Chakra is as radiant and bright as the sun dominating the dawn. Draw in the prana and hold it there while meditating on the fire element. This meditation dispels the deeply ingrained fear of death.” ~ Gheranda Samhita, one of the three classic texts of Hatha yoga.
The power of Manipura chakra resonates 7 cms above and below, affecting the root chakra, sacral chakra, heart chakra and the throat chakra. But this chakra is weakened by anger, rage & aggression, because these reactions draw energy from the storehouse leading to excessive fears, slower spiritual awakening, low concentration, indigestion, etc. Instead direct the energy of such emotions to our inner fireplace, which will transform our unconscious into conscious awareness.
Ways to tame your anger
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Jung
Instead of becoming a victim of this emotion, use anger as a tool that can help you become a better person and drive you to take positive action and to change the unpleasant circumstances in your life.
Identifying the cause for the rage and analyzing it can help in overcoming anger.
Also, if you are finding others responsible for all the pain, misery and ill in your life, this points to blockage in your spiritual growth. It is time to take responsibility and tame that anger monster within.
- Get to the root cause of anger by mindfully thinking and understanding events in the past that led to an outburst. When we understand this, we can control anger in an effective manner.
- Every time you are faced with an unhappy situation that challenges your peace of mind, stop for a second and feel your body. Often the pain is attached to pain in a certain body part or area. When you feel the body mentally, you will be able to understand the place where anger is stored.
- On the philtrum (the bridge between base of the nose and border of the upper lip), the point that touches the center of the nose is called Nasigrah point. Focus on this pranic point and imagine the breath flow in and out of it; this will help balance left & right nostrils, increases creativity, psychic abilities, heats the pineal gland, keeps you calm, focused and releases stress.
- Taking up a physical activity can be helpful as well to keep frustration and depression at bay. When you are feeling angry, running or dancing are good options to vent out the excess energy. Also exercising regularly keeps the excess energy out of the system and releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural opiates.
- Contemplate offensive comments with an objective mind. If you realize there’s some truth in the statement, use it as an opportunity to become a better person. If you feel that the comments have no real basis, then you can simply ignore it.
So the next time you get angry, don’t try to control the anger; instead try to control yourself. With daily practice and little effort, you will become a person who never lets anger ruin and control their life.
In the video below, Sadhguru explains beautifully how to avoid anger –