Free Yourself: Part 1 of 4 (Releasing the Burden of Anger)


By Lydia Dawn (Contributor for the Culture of Awareness), The Ambrosia Writings

The time has come to drop all the burdens that are hindering our flight and take wing on our joyous journeys…

We all truly wish to truly be free.  This 4 letter word holds so much depth, meaning, and power. What does it mean to truly be free?

A simple definition of the word is as follows:


adj 1. Not under the control of power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes

      2. Not restrained

verb 1. Released from captivity

So, are you truly free?  

I certainly hope so.

However if you are still holding on to anger, then you ARE under the power of another, the person or ideology are angry with.  You are allowing another to make you feel bitter and enraged.

So how to you remedy this, and become free?

First, let’s explore anger:

Anger  slowly poisons the soul.

At times we all have been angry.  We have all been wronged or betrayed in some manner.  The problem comes when we hold onto this anger instead of letting it pass through us.  Many times we feel a sense of self-righteous indignation — that sense of “I have been wronged, so I deserve to be angry”. In that moment you anger seems justified, and becomes hard to let go of.

Let me ask you this:  How does this feel?  Though you may have a momentary endorphin rush at the onset of such anger, as time progresses and you hold on — the tide will turn.  You begin to feel bitter, resentful, and this anger begins to eat away at you.  You become less joyful and vibrant. You may even begin  to feel depressed.  It is said that depression is anger turned inward.

Take action to free yourself from this corrosive emotion:  I suggest these three things, in any order.

  1. Step Away for The Situation: Shift your focus completely away from that which angers you.  Distract yourself if need be.  Do whatever it is that brings you happiness and joy in the moment, and shifts your  attention.    You may, at this time which to separate yourself from that which is making you angry.  This will allow you to draw your attention away.  Now, take some time for you!  Use this time to clear your head; meditate, listen to music, take a walk,or  be creative.  There are numerous possibilities.   Now that you have shifted your focus away from you anger, you begin to feel a lifting of this burden, and freedom is knocking on your door.
  2. FORGIVE, FORGIVE FORGIVE:  Forgiveness is key. I see there being two ways to forgive, the first is when both parties accept responsibility, apologies are made and kinship is restored.  There my be those who hurt you in manner that you have to cut cords with them, however, always remember to to forgive and send the person away with love. When we forgive another we do not have to approve of their actions. I think Maya Angelou stated it the most eloquently:    “And that doesn’t mean you invite who or what ever it is, to sit at your table and dine with you. It’s about love. You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean forced sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say: I forgive. I’m finished with it.” -Maya Angelo
  3. Let It Go — COMPLETELY:  Do not allow this situation to inhabit your thoughts or feelings any longer.  Do not give it any of your energy.  Move forward with a clean slate and embrace joy and possibility.

Maya Angelow

I hope this writing has encouraged you to examine areas of you being in which you may be holding on the anger and resentment, and more than that I hope it has empowered you to release this burden, and given you a greater since of freedom; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

My wish for each of  you, is that you can experience true freedom, joy, and bliss in all areas of your being, and in your life.  I hope you will continue to join me, as we explore other ways to increase our freedom personally, and as a whole.

For now,

Ever-loving, ~ Lydia

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