Everyone processes unhealthy emotions differently; some people dwell longer than others. But everyone can learn to train their mind in shifting from the negative to the positive experience. Our darkest days and lowest energy moments are often the biggest catalyst for change and transformation.
Anger has always been my main trigger although over time and through my practice its occurrence has decreased and it has become easier to not be so consumed by it. When anger hits, it’s a fiery energy sizzling deep within and then suddenly rising within my being asking for it to be released. The point of release is crucial because when we swallow this emotion it is stored in our body and slowly eats away at us, potentially bringing us physical disharmony until we are willing to look at it again. A quote by Mary Burmeister resonates deeply here:
“Anger is a destructive force, which separates the body from the soul.”
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Recently people have been telling me about their perception of meditation. For some this means writing a gratitude list every morning, for others running or watching music videos is their form of meditation. Isn’t it interesting how people have very different ideas of this ancient practice?
Ultimately meditation is about stepping into the silence of your own self so we can hear the quiet whisper of our hearts. Meditation provides a pathway for connection to our intuitive intelligence. From this place of being we know who we are and we know what we want.
How can we begin to listen to these subtle impulses when we are confronted by the many stimuli on TV? How can we truly hear when we need to pay attention to the road in front of us while running? Just because one can be mindful while walking or listening to music doesn’t mean it’s meditation. Meditation requires stillness and most people are afraid of this. But why? What could possibly happen to you in the silence? You are only sitting with yourself after all.
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