By Georgi Y. Johnson - Dread is a fusion of anger and fear, in a cloud of threatening horror, that moves between and through people. In the social field, it is channeled through hidden agendas of entities that have lost connection with a deeper truth and purpose. - Firmly rooted in the belief of either-or, or kill or be killed, the agenda of dread is mostly occupied with possession: the possession of another human; the possession of things; the possession of truth; or the possession of status.
Anger is an emotion many people have so much trouble with that what happens is that is they end up denying that it's how they feel and also then, in turn, become unable to be present to it in others. This is not an effective way to heal if one has good reason to be angry. In fact it becomes impossible. Most people have good reason to be angry. We live in a culture of abuse and trauma and we've all been hurt. We also see a world where forces that feel much bigger than us are hurting many 1000s and millions of people all over the world. We also watch as our world and planet is being destroyed. So many good reasons to be angry, yes. And so many good reasons to be totally and completely aware of what is going on around us. We need to get it together! The world is a mess and it's a mess because of us. Human beings. So, what do we do about it? … [click on title to read and view more]
In today’s world, it’s not only our right to be angry, it’s our responsibility. The question is, do we act out of anger or love? That’s what makes the difference. The reason I feel it’s our responsibility to be angry is that anyone who looks at the world will recognize that we hurt innocent life, and bring more children into the world who will be injured. The anger comes from knowing we have the potential to do it another way and yet we don’t. Then we let go, and the anger becomes secondary. I do what I do because of my love, not my anger. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Anger is an emotion many people have so much trouble with that what happens is that is they end up denying that it’s how they feel and also then, in turn, become unable to be present to it in others. This is not an effective way to heal if one has good reason to be angry. In fact it becomes impossible. Most people have good reason to be angry. ...
It’s the differentiator between anger and aggression or hostility that makes the difference. Learning to become aware of the space in between the stimulus and our reaction is a practice that can get better over time. The next time you notice anger, see if you can take a moment to pause and breathe and acknowledge your anger, without judgment. This anger is not good or bad or right or wrong, it is simply an emotion that you are experiencing right now. If it is very strong, excuse yourself from the situation, see if you can practice being kind to yourself in this moment as you are struggling. Sometimes we find that underneath the anger is sadness or another emotion.
Our culture has trouble dealing with difficult emotions. And the message we often get, implicitly and explicitly is to repress and deny them.
I like how she differentiates between anger and aggressiveness/hostility. Also in the article, but not in the excerpt below she talks about how anger can be a creative and important motivator. It's not a bad or wrong emotion. The only thing bad about anger is if it's expressed in a way that ends up being destructive rather than creative.