“Many people forget their own body. They live in an imaginary world. They have so many plans and fears, so many agitations and dreams, and they don’t live in their body. While we’re caught in fear and trying to plan our way out of fear, we aren’t able to see all the beauty that Mother Earth offers us. Mindfulness reminds you to go to your in-breath and to be totally with your in-breath, be totally with your out-breath. Bring your mind back to your body and be in the present moment. Look deeply straight in front of you at what is wonderful in the present moment. Mother Earth is so powerful, so generous, and so supportive. Your body is so wonderful. When you’ve practiced and you are solid like the earth, you face your difficulty directly, and it begins to dissipate …”~Thich Nhat Hanh 

Breathe into Anger: Jeff Foster

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BREATHE INTO ANGER

Make room for anger when it comes to visit.
Soften around it.
Grant it safe passage through the body.
Don’t reject it, numb it, distract yourself.
Don’t call it ‘unspiritual’ or ‘negative’.
No need to lash out or attack; simply breathe.

In, out. In, out.

Inhale and exhale through the heart of anger.
It is only a feeling!
Saturate the belly, heart, throat and head with oxygen.
Drench anger with a loving awareness.
Let the sensations of anger surge, burn, throb, pulsate.
Let anger be alive, in the sacred moment.

And remove the word ‘anger’ completely.
Strip away the concept, attend to reality.

Know this will pass. This is only sensation.
Know this is not a mistake. This is only a moment.
Know this is not a sign of your weakness or failure.
Let all thoughts in the mind float past, too.

You are not anger.
You are not ‘the angry one’.
You are the home for anger, this powerful and misunderstood energy, this ancient burning, this calling to remember your worth.

Be the embrace of anger, its sanctuary, its safe place.
It is only trying to protect you; give it the breath of life,
and bow to its righteous power.

– Jeff Foster

 

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