“But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression…the dark side of the Force are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will.“―Yoda
Moving through the dark, the more difficult emotions of living, help us become more compassionate towards ourselves and others. These emotions can lead to the gift of forgiveness. When I resist or try to avoid fear, anger, frustration it builds, grows, consumes. Letting it go, releasing it, understanding that when I hold onto these emotions the only person I’m hurting is myself, THAT is the challenge. I know how it feels to be on the other side of anger and fear. What I haven’t figured out is the magical potion that can make that happen sooner. But I’m getting closer.
For example, over the past couple of years I’ve harbored lots of these dark emotions towards my sister. The reasons aren’t important for this example. What is important are the steps I’ve made to move through them. (And hopefully she will agree with me that we’ve made progress.) The two big things I’ve done are:
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Bonus: that person you are angry at, if there is such a thing, make strides towards healing that relationship.
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