Keep Your Anger
We’re in a crisis of consciousness in the United States. We’ve never been self-aware, but we’re losing our mindfulness, our conscientiousness, our caring. Through the constant bombardment of not only new political/societal issues minute-by-minute, the inundation of ‘you are not enough’ and ‘you are not whole’ poisoning any tiny sense of contentment we once had, and the desensitization of evil and violence... we are losing ourselves. I feel it in myself: the disconnection, dissociation, the hermit mind and heart.
I’m shutting down inside and becoming more and more compliant to the ‘hush’ that the bombardment and overwhelm demands. I feel myself getting mushy, soft edges, that don’t demand goodness and love.
Dear friends, keep your anger. Keep it close. Don’t let it fade.
In the Church we hear that anger is bad… we hear that we must cope it away into something less volatile, something more ‘meek’. But I can’t help but ring over and over the fact that anger is the greatest catalyst.
Brene Brown said (in a Facebook Live post she did after the White Supremacist protest in Charlottesville), anger is a great catalyst, but it makes a terrible roommate. Though we store continued, deep, and festering anger in our bodies, which ends up as disease and injury… the significance of that first part--catalyst… cannot be undermined.
I’m not inviting you to march around angry all the time and invite disease. I’m actually a huge proponent for offloading negative burdens (check out the FODR RAZE workbook), but gosh, we need more catalyst right now. I need more catalyst right now. I think one of the best ways to offload anger is to do something.
My challenge to myself (and anyone else feeling similarly): don’t opt out. Read the things. Let them penetrate. Let the anger come. And do something.
Take the anger to God. And not in that meek, churchy way begging God to remove it or take it from you; take it to God in that knowing-who-He-is way--in that, God loves righteousness way. I’ll bet, when you sit in that space, you’ll see that you’re simply borrowing the anger of a righteous and purely good God. Let that pure love and goodness redeem and purify your anger and bring it into the best action. Let the refined anger pour out of your True Self creating a whole-person response in the world. Do something.
Contemplation breeds action. Always.