Anger seems to be one of our most often used emotions and often our only “go to” emotion. Real anger is rarely a primary emotion. Anger is so often expressed that we have many idiomatic expressions in our language that describe how some people may feel when they become angry.
We say expressions like:
driving me up the wall
driving me nuts
hot under the collar
blowing off steam
blowing our top
hitting the ceiling
flying off the handle
blowing our stack
mad as a wet hen
Do any of these sound familiar? These are all colorful ways that have been weaved into the fabric of our vocabulary and that we use to communicate our frustration, fear, or thoughts of being overwhelmed. Try for a moment to really notice where anger resides in your body when your feeling over the top angry?
Are you able to visualize any of these expressions? Can you see yourself literally driving up the wall? Seeing that in your minds eye might bring some level of humor to the situation . Ask yourself how important is this really now? And in 25 years? Is it really about this situation now or maybe there are some unresolved feelings from past that you might not have even been aware of?
You might find that “seeing red” does not always have to be the end result of your anger once you are aware of having anger notice where it resides in your body and of your triggers, and how to release it …. noticing this mind body connection might open up the possibilities to seeing aqua blue, emerald green, sunshine yellow and many more. Take a moment to consider all the other different emotions that we choose from, or at least allow.
Surprising article in Scientific American Journal that explores the mind body connection. Scientists are now discovering that people’s “gut instinct” or “butterflies” are connected with mind and emotions through our body. This gut instinct or some call it intuition, can process information much faster than our rational mind and it is usually accurate.
This other gut brain “second brain” is composed of many neurons in your intestinal tract and is connected with the brain in your head. The article points out that it is the seat of your unconscious thought. It can alert you very quickly to danger, suspicion, excitement.
People often say,” I just knew it in my gut” that is because this second brain contains 100 million neurons, give or take a few. That is more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system. The second brain can control gut behavior independently of the brain in our head, and it is very connected with our emotions and with our physical illness or health.
More research is needed in the future but preliminary research shows that maintaining a healthy gut contributes to good mental health and vise versa. So notice your hunches and your gut feelings and be open to their influence, they can provide valuable information.