Is Anger Spiritual?
When people move on to any kind of spiritual or self-help path, emotions such as anger can become unconsciously resisted even more, because they are seen as energies that shouldn’t be there...
“I shouldn’t be angry, I should be at peace.”
“I’ve been ‘spiritual’ for years but I still feel anger, and I shouldn’t.”
...These kinds of assumptions an be inside us, without us knowing, so if anger arises we resist it or suppress it or try to talk ourselves out of it.
Instead, throw a blanket over every thought and emotion that arises, and let it be whatever it is. That means you don’t even have to call it anything. Anger doesn’t have to be labelled as such – it can just be a fiery energy. It isn’t as personal as we imagine it to be. It’s just an energy.
We are talking about anger specifically, but we could replace ‘anger’ with any other kind of thought or emotion that is supposed to be 'unspiritual' or 'unenlightened'.
True meditation is about being a space for everything, so that everything that isn’t serving you has room to be released. Notice if there are any resentments or angers in your life that you are trying to push away, only for them to remain there even more strongly. What happens if they are no longer given a name, and are left to be themselves?
The assumption is that they will get worse, much worse. The reality is usually different. But I don’t want to spoil the surprise...
The quote above is taken from the chapter "How To Deal With Anger" from my book Undisturbed: A Guide To Emotional Wellness. If you would like to read more, you can get the full book by clicking here.