When channeled into the pursuit of change, anger can be a helpful tool in our emotional palette. Anger is experienced by most people, some more than others. When anger has no outlet and morphs into resentment, it carries with it the potential to cause great turmoil. Allowing us to assign blame for the pain we are feeling, thereby easing it, resentment tends to smolder relentlessly just below the surface of our awareness, eroding our peace of mind. The target of our resentment grows ever more wicked in our minds, and we rue the day we first encountered them. But resentment is merely another hue on the emotional palette and, therefore, within the realm of our conscious control. We can choose to let go of our resentment and move on with our lives, no matter how painful the event that incited it is.
Hanging onto resentment in our hearts does not serve us in any way. However, successfully divesting ourselves of resentful feelings can be difficult because doing so forces us to mentally and emotionally confront the original source of anger. When we cease assigning blame, we realize our need to hold someone or something responsible for our feelings has harmed us. We thought we were coping with our hurt when we were holding onto that damage with a vice grip. To release resentment, we must shift our attention from those we resent back toward ourselves by thinking of our own needs. Performing a short ceremony can help you quell resentful feelings by giving tangible form to your emotions. You may want to write down your feelings, burn the paper, and close your ceremony by wishing them well. When you can find compassion in your heart, you know you are on your way to healing.
Free of resentment, we have much more energy and attention to devote to our personal development. We can fill the spaces it left behind with unconditional acceptance and joy. And as a result of our subsequent freedom from resentment, blessings can once again enter our lives as the walls we built to contain our anger have been demolished.