My healthy outlook of balanced anger is based on traditional Chinese medicine and Transpersonal Psychology. Most people associate anger and rage with fire, which can get out of control and be destructive. However, when anger is balanced, it can be a motivating force that supports your determination and creativity.
In this blog article, I will give you an easy acupressure technique for balancing anger and the fire element within the body. This is useful in stress management, especially for someone who’s anger gets out of hand or tends to have bouts of rage.
In this video clip, I make light of the acupressure method I am demonstrating. However, it’s remarkable how effective this simple acupressure technique is for calming rage. Read on for more specific info about anger, tips for balancing it, and where to find more acupressure info.
Acupressure Directions for Balancing Anger
Use your left hand to firmly hold your right middle finger, resting your hands in your lap, as you breathe deeply with your eyes closed for one minute. Then switch hands to hold the length of your left middle finger firmly. Take another minute with your eyes closed to breathe deeply and relax. Holding the middle finger in this way stimulates acupressure points on the Pericardium, associated with relieving excessive anger and resentment, high fever, and exhaustion. Traditionally, this is also used for emergency revival.
Using emotional balancing points, like holding the third finger, regulates your system and allows healing energy to flow when anger surfaces. This can help you experience anger with stability and spiritual awareness. When you are feeling secure, you are able to make constructive and empowering decisions. When your anger is repressed or unexpressed, the result can be self-sabotage, passive aggressive behaviors, physical pain and the inability to enjoy equanimity.
Unexpressed anger and rage gets stored in the body. Anger commonly accumulates in the shoulders, neck, jaw muscles, pelvis and mid-to-upper back region. Anger can constrict the blood vessels to the digestive tract, taxing the cardiovascular system, causing hypertension, insomnia and headaches. Holding acupressure points in these areas can release anger and enable you to process your experiences.
The spirit of anger can awaken courage and self-determination. Expressing anger in a healthy manner can provide renewed energy, insight and courage that will culminate in emotional and spiritual balance. When an issue arises that angers you – such as human rights violations, anger can be used as a motivating force to speak up, take action and initiate positive change. When anger is balanced you can trust yourself to make wise choices and be more compassionate with yourself and others.
Suggestions for Balancing Anger
• Drink some water when you feel angry. Take slow deep breaths as you sip a glass of cool water.
• Firmly hold the length of your middle finger while you take slow deep breaths. After a minute or two, switch to hold your other middle finger. Repeat this two or three times daily.
• Wear pure rose oil is deeply relaxing and balances anger due to its association with love and beauty.
Acupressure for Emotional Healing. Here are interesting thoughts on anger from my book:
“Anger can generate energy to initiate change. Your body produces the necessary ingredients for dealing with challenges and speaking your truth. Chemically, your body releases epinephrine and nor epinephrine, the same hormones excreted when you are under extreme stress. Both of these hormones stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, accelerating the pulse, raising blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Releasing anger and also brings out these hormones which generates awareness to make healthier life choices and assert yourself in a positive way.”