One tiny breath: Letting go of anger

One tiny breath: Letting go of anger

Anger. It can be liberating, like a forest fire, burning down the old and unneeded. It can also be destructive. Emptying. A laying waste to the inner landscape. In its wake, we burn ourselves out and are left putting things in order. 

It is not that anger is bad, it is just that it is often counter-productive. 

The object of our anger, even a righteous cause, does not change productively just because we are angry. Long-term solutions have to be based on emotions that are less volatile than anger. 

Anger is, by its nature, temporary. So anything created or changed out of anger would also inherit that same volatile and temporary nature. 

Letting go of anger can be accomplished. It is really as simple as slowing down your breath. When we breath slowly, we powerfully take control of our physiological state. Anger is a quick, excitable, flared up, state. We breathe shallowly, chaotically, or not at all. 

Breathing slowly, in to the count of seven and out to the count of seven, this can erase anger from your system. Even if your anger increases momentarily, breathing slowly will allow it to be released safely. Keep breathing until the intensity eases. 

Once the wave of anger is over, you can begin looking for solutions and possibilities that could bring lasting results. These possibilities were unavailable when you were angry, but now you can see them clearly. 

Test it out. Run the experiment. Could something as simple as breathing in and out be the remedy to anger? Let me know in the comments below. 

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