So I wrote this book...

So I wrote this book...
If you've ever felt a gap between what you believe and what you experienced, this book is for you. It is available via Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

On the link between anger and depression...

I once heard someone define depression as frozen anger.

Having grown up in a religious culture that didn't allow positive expressions of anger, I get why so many people are depressed. If anger itself is labeled a sin, then you can't acknowledge it.  And if you can't act, you lose hope--causing at the very least depression and at the very most despair.

I read an interesting commentary this week on anger by Sue Monk Kidd.
Anger needs not only to be recognized and allowed; like grief it eventually needs to be transformed into an energy that serves compassion.  Maybe one reason I had avoided my anger was that like a lot of people, I had thought there were only two responses to anger: to deny it or to strike out thoughtlessly.  But other responses are possible.  We can allow anger's enormous energy to lead us to acts of resistance against patriarchy [Anne's words, could be against anything].  Anger can fuel our ability to challenge, to defy injustice.  It can lead to creative projects, constructive behavior, acts that work toward inclusion. In such ways anger becomes a dynamism of love.
The idea of anger becoming a dynamism of love is a powerful one. After all, most of us have experienced the energy anger brings.  Learning to use that power for good instead of destruction is the trick. One thing I know for sure, freezing it also locks down our souls.  And that is never a good option.
© Random Cathy
Maira Gall