Do you feel that anger is not so Spiritual?
You are not alone.
There is a huge projection in our world that to be spiritual means we never feel strong emotion. I remember early on in my Yoga practice witnessing a teacher whom I greatly respected have a mini melt-down. I remember feeling confused that this expert in love and peace was angry. It was of course a huge projection about what a yoga teacher should be and also spoke to my need for others to show up in a very specific way for me to feel all was perfect. I like to think I am a little more mature now and can bear witness to anger and know that peace exists within it as well.
It is true to say there is a belief that we Spiritual/Yogic people are somehow all living in a detached realm of unicorns and rainbows or maybe just grey nothingness. I say let’s get real.
Let’s embrace our wonderful human-ness. We all have a wide range of emotions and yet we often think these emotions are meant to be suppressed or even not felt at all if we are to be Divine. I know I have felt less than Zen when I feel that fire rise up in me. I tried to push it down or rationalize it away. Of course it never goes away entirely. I just repress it for now and it continues to live in my body and my energy field and usually comes out at the most inappropriate times. I would rather own it, feel it and release it.
I am not advocating we all have a tantrum when we don’t get our way. I am suggesting that we begin to notice our emotions and use them as indicators. I WANT to know when I am happy or upset. This tells me when I am on track in my life. I WANT to know if I need to pay attention to something and perhaps realign my thoughts, my actions or even my world. Abraham Hicks compares your emotions to the gas gauge on your car. You want to know when the tank is empty. You don’t put a happy face sticker on it and hope you will get to where you need to go. You go and fill up. This is what emotion can be – simply indicators.
I offer my practice for strong emotion. When I feel a strong “negative” emotion, I try to allow it for a moment instead of pushing it away or projecting it at another. I take my breath to the feeling of it in my body. I allow it to “speak” and indicate what I should pay attention to and what it is bringing forward in myself and my world. I ask the Divine to assist me and offer up this strong emotion in an effort to truly release it and then I act or respond. I am not an expert at this but it feels real and much better than the facade of a smiling face that masks a boiling person inside. I want to love all the parts of me into wholeness not just the shiny ones and I hope you can love them too.
We are all here together sharing this wonderful world, let’s be real and true for each other and I invite you to stop in for a fill-up anytime.
A celebrated transformational leader and a leading pioneer in embodied spirituality and Yoga, Shasta has inspired hundreds of people through her breakthrough methods for awakening and empowering your inner voice and divine power. Director, founder and senior teacher with Balanced Life Yoga, she delivers public talks, seminars and trainings on evolution and empowerment. She draws on a wide variety of techniques including Yoga, Shamanis, meditation, energy healing, coaching and the Law of Attraction. She is especially appreciated for her passionate way of allowing individuals to make sense of their world and embodied, holistic means to become the change they wish to see.
As early as in her teenage years, Shasta embarked on her journey as a spiritual explorer which led her to India, where she studied yoga, meditation and energy healing. She has studied with many remarkable mentors and she has undergone thousands of hour’s intense practice of meditation and spiritual studies. Shasta has taken every opportunity to become adept in her field through her own practice as well as through extensive training in yoga, group dynamics, meditation and spiritual counselling.