A Q&A excerpt from Understanding the Healing Power of Anger

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In this Q&A snippet of The Autoimmune Hour, Sarah Peyton returns with an invitation to reimagine the power and importance of anger. Sarah Peyton is an international speaker and facilitator, with expertise and passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unifies people with their brains and bodies.

Sarah’s work is funny, touching, and filled with personal stories and up-to-date research. Her presentations change lives and invite self-acceptance and self-compassion. You can learn more about Sarah Peyton and her new book ‘Your Resonant Self’ plus her remarkable work at www.yourresonantself.com and empathybrain.com.

Enjoy this informative Q&A clip from the show transcript. Get the complete transcript at https://understandingautoimmune.com/transcribe-tribe

SHARON:  Let’s talk about anger.

There are so many different types of anger ─ outward anger that’s may be directed at one person or a group (or, now, it just seems sort of a general blanket of anger; at times, when I’m walking around, I almost feel it energetically) as well as anger at ourselves where we inwardly adopt an angry attitude. Maybe we’re angry at our body for having this condition or whatever it might be.

Where should we start when we talk about this huge topic?

SARAH: The most important place to begin is an acknowledgment that, for some people, they have had traumatic experiences with anger. And so, they have declared anger off-limits for themselves.

This is very common with people who have chronic health conditions. And part of what happens when we declare anger off-limits for ourselves is we turn off an entire swath of our protective life energy.

So a bit of the work of today’s conversation is the work of an invitation for a reimagining of the power and importance of anger, a reclaiming of what I like to call “clean anger.”

Often, I say that this is “anger that” instead of “anger at.”

SHARON: I love that. Tell us more….

SARAH: We can be angry that we have an autoimmune disease. We can be angry that we suffer from another health condition.

It’s like, “Yes, of course, we would be angry because it impacts our lives” as opposed to being angry at ourselves and believing that we are, in some way, to blame or being angry at the doctors because there wasn’t a diagnosis for so many years.

Those kinds of anger ─ anger at the self; anger at others ─ creates an unresolved loop, an anger loop that never stops.

But when we go, “Yes, I’m angry that this has happened,” then there’s a kind of a movement through us. We can even feel it if you imagine into it in this moment. It can come up like a whoosh through the torso just like, “Whaah! Here I am. This is me. I am worthy of protective life energy and protective life force. I matter. My needs matter.”

This is a very different way to be with anger than the traditional sort of high-energy blame that we often think of when we think of anger.

SHARON: Thank you, Sarah Peyton, for sharing your expertise and wisdom with us today.


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