(Editor’s Note: Kundalini Yoga has many wonderful kriyas and meditations to help us deal with our anger. Nihal Singh shares some thoughtful insights and a meditation from Kundalini Yoga for Anger Release.)
Anger is quite a powerful emotion. Out of all the emotions it seems to be the loudest one. Unfortunately for many of us living in today’s world, fear and anger are the only two emotions we allow ourselves to feel. When you are disconnected from yourself, there is nothing like anger to make you feel alive. There is nothing like a good drama or conflict to get the blood pumping. Some people will seek out a reason to get angry even when there isn’t anything to get angry about.
Many times our reactions are not equal to the current situation we are facing. More often than not we are reacting from unresolved past events. Say for example as a child your parents made you feel that you are ‘not good enough’ and that made you angry; now any situations that you perceive that you are ‘not feel good enough,’ you will react with that same intense anger from the past.
Anger in its natural state isn’t a bad thing. Anger is around for protection and to make sure that our basic rights as a living being are not being violated. It is not an offensive emotion, but rather a defensive one. In the animal kingdom, if you attempt to take food away from a lion while he is eating, he will attack you. The lion is trying to defend its right to live and by taking his food, you are threatening its life. That is natural anger. It is a short and temporary survival tool. Every situation in life doesn’t need to be a threat against your own personal survival.
In the today’s world anger is so much more than just a survival tool. We have glorified anger. It is all around us with movies and songs all built around anger. We get addicted to the feeling we get from it.
Anger is often misinterpreted for power. When you perceive someone is angry with you the natural reaction is to try to be nice to them, so they are not angry with you anymore. When you are angry all the time you can force the people around you into this subservient role. Anger is also used as a manipulation tool. The next time someone kindly disagrees with you, get really angry and the other will usually person concede their point just to not be in a confrontation. Watch if this is your reaction to an opposing view-point rather than engaging in a conscious debate.
The emotion of anger is a lot like that scene in The Wizard of Oz when the group meets the Wizard. Oz is this great big scary green face with fire and smoke. Dorothy, Tin Man Scarecrow and Lion are scared until they discover that Oz is just a frail old man behind a curtain pushing buttons to create an illusion. When you boil it down, anger is just hot air. Of course we have made anger so personal that it is so much more.
The worst is when we are not responsible for our own anger. Imagine that you had a bad day at work because you boss yelled at you. You come home and get mad at your significant other. This is when we are not dealing with a problem directly, but rather putting the responsibility of our emotions onto another person. This is called an emotional transfer and it is real! We can walk away from these confrontations feeling better while our significant other now all of the sudden feels horrible. They are left holding the bag. Ever been on either side of this exchange?
According to Chinese Medicine, anger comes from the liver. The liver is referred to as, “The sea of emotions,” and it is considered the organ closest to God. What emotion do you think separates us from God the most? You guessed it, anger! It is the wedge between you and yourself, or you and God. In this physical world, anger is the wall that separates us from everyone else.
The liver has to do with the third chakra which is the chakra that contributes to your own personal power. When this chakra is unbalanced, anger can rule your life either actively or passively. Working with anger is a long process and can take many years to work out no matter what practice you do. In the end, anger is very exhausting and when coming from this place you are missing out on the highest vibrating emotion of all, love.
Yogi Bhajan taught a great meditation for Releasing Anger which you can find in Shakta Kaur Khalsa’s book, Kundalini Yoga. Overall this is a great book and especially good if you are working with anger as it also includes kriyas such as “Relive Inner Anger,” “Let the Liver Live,” and “Kriya for Oneness.”
Releasing Inner Anger Kriya:
The music used for this meditation is:
Here are a few great yoga kriyas to practice when working with anger:
Professional Anger Kriya
Liver, Colon and Stomach
Additionally, you can work with relaxing anger in your diet by drinking celery, cucumber or beet juice. To learn more about healing foods, check out the book Foods for Health & Healing by Yogi Bhajan.