Can you believe it? There are over 40 million courses and pieces of training about anger management in the whole world. Because distressing, inappropriate and often violent expressions of frustration, anger and rage are on the increase in all areas of public and private life. It not only creates disturbance and ruins relations, it also causes ill health, stress, misery and sometimes even injury and death.
Anger and sex are the primal instincts found in all species, not only in human beings. They are the tools given by nature for their survival. But only human beings find anger uncomfortable, uncivilised and want to manage it. The question is: can it be managed? It is like trying to manage the lightning in the sky.
Anger is a destructive emotional energy but it can be transformed into a creative energy if you know the secret of handling it. Osho has devised many methods which can be used for transforming anger.
It often seems that anger is just boiling below the surface; just waiting for the opportunity to erupt. And even if you throw out your anger and find a way to express it, unless you go more deeply into discovering the source of it the underlying pattern does not change. If all you do is throw it out, afterward you start accumulating anger again and the pattern continues.
This meditation can break the pattern that makes you accumulate this anger again and again. It is a method that uses the body as your guide.
The Osho method is: If you feel tension arising in the stomach as if something is going to explode, pull the stomach in; make it as tense as you can.
If you feel the shoulders are becoming tense, your hands want to make a fist, you want to hit somebody, make the shoulders and the hands even tenser and tight.
If you find you are clenching your jaw, that you want to scream, clench your jaw even tighter. Let the whole body be as tense as possible, almost as if it is a volcano boiling within, but with no release. That is the point to remember — no release, no expression. Don’t scream, otherwise, the stomach will be released. Don’t hit anything, otherwise, the shoulders will be released and relaxed. For 15 minutes get heated up, as if you are trying to reach the boiling point. For 15 minutes work the tension up to a climax. Put on an alarm clock or timer and at the point, the alarm goes off, try the absolutely hardest you can.
Then, when the alarm has stopped… sit silently, close your eyes, relax the body and just watch what is happening. Be a witness for at least another five minutes, more if it feels right. Relax the body, and just watch. This heating of the body system will force your patterns to melt.