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#mindfully walking anger out of your system

#mindfully walking anger out of your system

‘An Eskimo custom offers an angry person release by walking the emotion out of his or her system in a straight line across the landscape, the point at which the anger is conquered is marked with a stick, bearing witness to the strength or length of the rage.’

(LUCY LIPPARD, OVERLAY, quoted in Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit (pp.6-8)).

I think mindful walking enables us to release our afflictive emotions like anger, as we take each step. In formal mindful awareness practices involving walking, you usually take 10-12 steps, stop and then retrace your steps, repeating this for a certain length of time.

The beauty of this wonderful quote above, that caught my eye, is that I think longer walks also have this capacity.

What afflictive emotion could you walk out of your system?

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