the last few days I was hungry…and angry….
You know the feeling: your face becomes hot, your heartbeat gets faster, you don’t know whether to scream, or cry. You feel ANGRY, and since most of us are taught that anger is a bad thing, you’re not sure what to do about it.
But anger is a natural part of life, and in many cases expressing it can be a healthy and beneficial practice. On a therapeutic level, it’s been widely accepted that repressing anger often leads to outbursts that negatively affect relationships and quality of life, but anger has been found to physiologically allow your body to release tension. In a study of people with hypertension, visualizing and then addressing out loud abusive pasts or conflicts with parents has caused as much as a 40-point drop in blood pressure.
Clinical psychologist Simon Crisp says your body will usually tell you when you are angry.
“The emotion manifests itself in physiological changes such as increased respiration and heart rate, muscle tension, sweating and flushing of the skin,” he says. “It can also reduce peripheral vision and the processing of auditory language.” He says people experience anger in different ways. “Some may experience a physical sensation, others more perceptual distortions, while some may only report changes in how they think when they’re angry.” That said, anger only becomes a problem when it makes you unhappy
In her seminal book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron refers to anger as, “Not a nice friend. Not a gentle friend. But a very, very loyal friend.”
And it’s true: like a soul mate, anger drive you (if you listen that in the right way) in the right direction: anger is to be respected and heard. It shows us where our boundaries are, and when they have been crossed. It acts as a guide, letting us know when we’ve taken a wrong turn in life, or need to try a different path. Anger is a compass, pointing us in the next right direction.
And then what? I made and Angry (for the color like an angry Hulk!!!) Smoothie with:
some dark green leaf
1 medium banana
1 medium pear
1 medium orange
1/2 cup of flax seed
1 tbs of coconut water (thank you for courtesy of Navita)
a pinch of ginger and vanilla
Green, organic, vegan, gluten free, raw… All good things in one cup! Terrific!!! 🙂
ليس الشديد بالصرعة؛ إنما الشديد الذي يملك نفسه عند الغضب
The strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather,the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry.
(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 73, #135) Anonymous