Owning your own darkness/anger

A friend posted this on other media and I think it ties in well with one of the themes of this blog:

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/06/21/the-bright-side-of-owning-your-darkness/

I would say that the following is a good synopsis:

“When we try to live up to impossible images of spiritually enlightened, all-knowledgable, selfless superhumans, the dark side of our nature just gains in power. Like shoving a beach ball under water, you may succeed in disavowing your unsavory bits for a while, but it is so destabilizing that, when you least expect it, that ball always bursts out from under you.

Negative emotions do not cease to exist because we are ignoring them. They just find other ways to express themselves. Sometimes we lash out inappropriately, have confusing crying fits or feel protractedly numb. Most commonly, we slip into depression and, if left to fester, become prone to accidents, physical disease and crisis.”

Anger and darkness have their place in our lives.  If you think of them as the beast in your basement, ignoring them and trying to deny them makes them strong enough to dig a tunnel out and cause great havoc.

Accept that your darkness: “wrath, rebellion, grief and destruction”, is important and best addressed actively rather than in passive ignorance.

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