Anger can be intimidating. Inflammatory. Uncomfortable. But that doesn’t mean it’s a problem. This feels like a sentence I should repeat, because it often seems counterintuitive to the pursuit of happiness and the practice of peaceful living. Anger isn’t a problem. It’s simply information.
Like most things unpredictable and wild, anger gets a bad rap: the reputation of being a troublemaker. It rolls in uninvited, rocks the boat and threatens to break things down. Our stomachs tighten in anger’s presence, our throat and muscles constrict. One hot hit of anger mirrors the way venom spreads through the body of the bitten. Everyone I know knows this feeling; by virtue of being human.
But perhaps rocking the boat is exactly what anger is for. It makes us pay attention. It afflicts us with a sucker punch to alert us that something is wrong. Anger is the body’s delivery system of an incandescent message. Whether we’re willing to receive the message or not depends solely on our relationship to its source.
Do we trust that the fire is friendly? Or do we regard the fire as a foe?
Photo Courtesy + Originally Published 7/30/15 @ SONIMA.COM