Why Focus On Anger?
People are angry. We see this everywhere. From the Me Too movement to Black Lives Matter to individuals protesting Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court. Anger is often pathologized, racialized, gendered, classed, deemed "unspiritual" and "lowly". However, anger is one of our most revealing and powerful emotions. It tells us something is wrong and it gives us energy to move forward.
Anger is our tipping off point, not an end place. We start with anger, because even when expressed in healthy ways, it is often used against us in order to shame and silence. We understand that anger often arises as a symptom of deeper traumas and that, when left unacknowledged and unexpressed, manifests within ourselves and our closest circles. With the understanding that no space is a safe space, we commit to creating as safe a space as possible. This means investing in practices that not only welcome challenging conversations but also implement deep listening strategies designed to help us witness and honor the wisdom inherent within our own bodies.
At the heart of this project is a desire to shift antiquated narratives of anger, to create spaces where we welcome and celebrate it, learn and grow from it, and, ultimately, to engage in more, and deeper, conversations. What is buried with and/or stuck to repressed anger? Grief. Shame. Pleasure. Fear. Humor. Creativity. Terror. Wonder. Joy. We believe that our most pathologized emotions have the capacity to open us up to our greatest selves and we are committed to creating the time and space to listen.