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Awareness and Containment of Anger

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Inquiry:   When or in what situations  are you most repeatedly angry, aversive, irritable, or in some form of resistant emotion?

Personal Integration This practice can be done alone or with a friend, lover, or counselor. Take one to five minutes or longer to contemplate and answer the question. When done with another, it is essential that the listener remains neutral and encourages you by repeating this inquiry as needed to help maintain focus.  Notice the people who trigger you most.  Ask them to appear so that you can clearly see this side of yourself.   Recognize that it takes courage and trust  to witness your own style of resistance without judgment.   Continue to see and articulate the nuances and tone of your resistant emotions(s).  Awareness of this often hidden part of ourselves is the beginning of being on a path to peace.
Inquiry 2:  Visualize that you are in a safe place wherein you can exaggerate your resistant emotions to see them more clearly.  
Personal Integration 2:   Follow the same instructions as above in the monologue or repeating question format.  Allow yourself to either go to or imagine that you are in a private place to scream, make body gestures or contortions of your face, verbalize anger with certain tones or grunts.  Find the courage to both witness clearly and act out the way that you most typically resist those that are close to you.  (refer to Introspective Guides on challenging emotions)  
Inquiry 3:   Can you spend some time congratulating yourself for acting out your angerin a contained space as a method for creating peace?  Can you appreciate the courage, humility, and integrity it takes to witness your resistant emotions clearly especially without having to be ashamed or angry with yourself?
Personal Integration: 3   Follow the same instructions as above in the monologue or repeating question format.  It is one thing to allow yourself to just experience your resistant emotions openly, and another to enter into a conscious dialogue with yourself that expresses appreciation, acceptance and encouragement. See if you can have the humility to end up acknowledging as neutrally as possible, “Yes these are the way(s) that I express my resistance and anger.  May I have the courage to continue to clearlyt see this hidden side of myself .  Anger, irritation, annoyance I see how you resist, contract, fight and participate in struggles.  I will be with you in a conscious and friendly way to give you  a choice as to whether you want to act out or contain temporarily until you make a  a safe time and place to express yourself in the future.”
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