Spring and Shout! Let the Anger Out
“Next time you feel angry, go and run around the house seven times. After, sit under a tree and watch where the anger has gone. You have not repressed it, controlled it, nor thrown it on somebody else.” – Osho
Anger is an emotion I have been very comfortable with expressing for my entire life, but not
always with dignity. When I look back on some of my red-faced reactions, moments when I have kept them inside are a rarity. As a growing girl, I remember throwing a pillow around my room with a clenched jaw. My seething rage would be released by screaming into that poor little pillow.
Emotions move through us like the weather moves through the land. Sometimes, we can distract ourselves from accepting them, or choose to overlook their natural pull to feel what is there, awaiting our simple presence. It’s no wonder many of us want to avoid these emotions; they can be uncomfortable, painful, and at times, even excruciating. It’s not always a pretty situation we’ve got here with these feelings. We can’t always “positive think ourselves” out of emotions that need to be felt. Beyond the endless methods we employ to avoid facing those inevitable feelings, they make binge-watching Netflix very enticing! Thank goodness we have yoga to help move emotion through our bodies for processing.
Anger is powerful. From the Chinese Five Element perspective, spring relates to the sound of