A 2016 study asked a group of meditators and a group of non-meditators to remember an episode that made them very angry.
The study found that for those who do not meditate, just remembering the episode of anger raised their heart rate, blood pressure as well as their respiration rate. After teaching these people how to meditate and after their first 20 minutes of meditation, they were much calmer and more relaxed. They were asked to re-experience their anger but actually remained calm and were not as stressed as before.
When they asked the group of meditators to remember an episode of anger, it did not raise their heart rate, blood pressure or respiration rate.
Tanya Gold is a journalist in London who had anger and anxiety issues. After Tanya’s friend saw her go into a few fits of rage, she recommended that Tanya learn to meditate. With her droll sense of humor, she wrote about her experience of going to a meditation class and the shift in her experience following her experience. You can enjoy that article here.
The Art of Ascension uses upward spiraling emotions of Praise, Gratitude, Love, and Compassion. It’s not that people who use this as a meditation tool don’t experience anger, but that it doesn’t have the same impact on the body. A common experience of practitioners of the Art of Ascension or any effective technique or tool is that even if a person does get angry, that anger is experienced and moved through much quicker. Also as a result of regular use of a meditative practice is that they just begin to notice themselves being less angry overall or maybe even completely peaceful in situations that used to trigger them in the past.
We would love to read stories like Tanya's of how meditation or mindfulness transformed your experience of anger!