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Mindfulness and Healing: Forgiveness & Letting Go of Anger

Posted by Dr. Charles Gant on Tue, May 12, 2020

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Join us for a Mindfulness and Healing Webinar as we focus on an important topic:

Title: Mindfulness and Healing: Forgiveness & Letting Go of Anger

Date: Sunday, MAY 17, 2020

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Charles Gant, functional medicine physician

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Would you like to quiet your mind and take refuge from the worries and emotional disturbances of the world?

No experience necessary! All are welcome as we start with a brief introduction, a 30 minute time to sit and quiet our mind, followed by Q and A.

What you will learn in the Mindfulness Webinar

In this week’s Mindfulness and Healing Online Group, we work on quieting the constant chatterbox of our minds.

We will begin to use mindfulness for some practical healing and move to the topic of anger.  The experience of anger is often felt physically as a tightness in the body, usually in the abdomen, and that can be used as an object of mindfulness, just like the sensation on the soles of the feet or the movement of the abdomen as we breathe.

Shifting Anger with Mindfulness

Participants will practice visualizing people or situations that “make them angry,” and after making angry feelings appear in their bodies, shifting to letting go, so the anger sensations disappear with mindfulness.  Then if we have time, we will take to the next level by directing kindness and warm feelings towards the person that we had harbored anger or hatred against, and in so doing appreciate that they have a mind just like ours that can “drive them crazy.” 

When we harbor hatred or revenge fantasies against others, we may believe it is justified because the person we dislike is somehow harmed by our anger or that hating someone who caused what we fear the most (like supergerms) will somehow make everything right. 

But actually, hatred damages our fight/flight autonomic nervous system, and hence also our health and immunity.  It does not hurt the person that we hate- but ourselves.

Taking Ownership of Feelings

Forgiving others will not solve anger, which as you may have noticed does not work. 

First, anger must be “owned” and fully experienced with mindfulness before we can forgive.  In other words, before we paint a house, we must first do the difficult work of scraping and sanding off the old paint and blemishes.  If we paint over the blemishes, cracks and old peeling paint, the new coat simply won’t take hold, which is why forgiveness is almost impossible without mindfulness and taking full ownership of our feelings. 

Please join me for an Online Guided Mindfulness session.

 

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Dr. Gant functional medicine doctor Wash DCCharles Gant MD, PhD,  is a physician, author and teacher and has practiced Integrative and Functional Medicine for over three decades. He specializes in getting to the root cause of health issues-health and healing and the molecular level.  Areas of interest include ADHD, chronic diseases, metabolic, hormonal and immune disorders, infectious disease (Lyme and co-infections), genetic testing and more. He is an expert in interpretation of functional medicine testing to diagnose precisely what is deficient in each patient, and then replenish those missing, essential items. 

 

Topics: mindfulness, emotional wellbeing