Ways to Overcome Anger

Ways to Overcome Anger

1 . Unfairness

We believe that we have been treated unfairly. We tell ourselves that we deserve more, and we buy into this story that someone has wronged us.

2 . Lost

We feel that we have lost something that we have identified ourselves with. Feelings, pride, money, car, job.

3 . Blame

We blame other people or external situations for having caused our loss, for taking advantage of us unfairly. The blame often only resides in our heads and is a product of our imagination. We fail to see things from other peoples perspectives. We become deeply selfish.

4 . Pain

We experience pain, mental distress, and anxiety. The pain causes physical responses in our body, which disturbs our natural energy flow and state of wellbeing.

5 . Focus

We focus on the thing we dont want, and energize it by complaining about it passionately, and repeating it to as many people who will listen. This creates a downward spiral of anger. What we focus on expands, this is true regardless of the emotion.

6 . Look Up

The fastest way to change negative feelings is by changing our physical position right away. The easiest way to physically change is by moving our eye position. When we are in a negative state, we are likely looking down. Suddenly looking up (into our visual plane) will interrupt the negative patterns of sinking into the quick sand of bad feelings.

7 . What Do You Want

Sit down and write down exactly what it is that you want out of the current situation. Your job is to describe the end result you would like to see. Be clear, realistic and fair. Be specific with your description. Including dates of when you would like to see the results.
Once you have this clearly mapped out, and when you find yourself drifting into negative thoughts of what you dont want, you can shift your focus on this list instead.
Also, when we do this exercise consciously, well come to find that the arbitrary and materialistic things that we thought we wanted, arent want we want, after all. Clarity is a beautiful thing.

8 . Finding the Light

Darkness can only be eliminated when there is light (like a lamp, or sunlight). In the same way, negative things can only be replaced by positive things. Remember that regardless of what is happening to us externally, or how bad things appear in our mind, we always have the choice to speak and see things positively.
I know this is harder to do when youre in midst of heated emotions, but Im a big believer that there is something to be learned from every situation we encounter. Look for the lesson. Find something about the situation that youve gained, whether its a material possession or an understanding or a personal growth. Find the light so you can uncover the darkness of your mind.

9 . Surrender

Surrender to our egos need to be right, to blame, to be spiteful, and to be revengeful. Surrender to the moment. Surrender to the pull to become worked-up by the situation.
Become mindful. Watch your thoughts and learn to separate your thoughts from your own identity. Your thoughts are not you.
Things will play out regardless of whether we become emotional or not. Trust that the universe will work its course and do its job. By not surrendering, we get worked up for nothing, and our body will suffer as a result of it.

10 . Circle of Influence

When we are feeling down, its easy to be sucked into the downward spiral of bad feelings. It really doesnt help to be around others complaining about the same issues. Its counter-productive to getting well.
Instead, find a group of people with a positive outlook. When we are around such a group of people, they will remind us of things we already know deep within us, we can start to recognize the good, and the positives. When we are down, we can draw energy from them in order to rise above the problem and negative state.
In the same way that being around negative people can affect you in a negative way, being around happy and optimistic people can raise our awareness, and help us move out of the un-resourceful state.