Are You Experiencing Strong Emotions?

You’ve Taken the First Step Towards Inner Peace

Acknowledging the presence of strong emotions like anger or hate within ourselves is a brave first step towards transformation. It’s okay to feel lost or confused by these emotions. 

Mindfulness can bring clarity, peace, and a deeper understanding of our thoughts and feelings.

Every individual has the power to transform their inner landscape. You can begin to dissolve the barriers of hate and open your heart to a more peaceful and compassionate way of being. Let’s take this journey together…

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged with the now, without judgment and without attachment to the moment. By fostering mindfulness, we can learn to observe our emotions without being overwhelmed by them, opening the door to understanding and compassion — both for ourselves and others.

Simple Mindfulness Techniques to Explore

  1. Focused breathing can help you calm your mind and reduce feelings of anger or hate.

Technique: Find a quiet space. Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose, hold for a moment, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this process, focusing solely on your breath, for a few minutes each day.

  1. You can practice observing your thoughts and emotions without labeling them as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’

Technique: Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Notice any thoughts or feelings that arise, acknowledging them without judgment, and then gently redirect your focus back to your breath.

  1. Engaging in exercises that foster compassion towards yourself and others can reduce feelings of hate.

Technique: Think of someone you care about and silently wish them happiness, health, and peace. Gradually extend these wishes to yourself, acquaintances, and even those you may feel hostility towards.

  1. Incorporate gentle movements to connect your body and mind, releasing tension and negative emotions.

Technique: Try yoga or tai chi, focusing on your breath and the movement of your body to stay present.

You Are Not Alone on This Journey

It’s important for us all to remember that change doesn’t happen overnight. Practicing mindfulness is a journey that requires patience and compassion towards yourself. 

If you find yourself struggling, it’s okay to seek help.

Need More Support?

Talk to someone who understands and can guide you through these feelings:

  • Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP).
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email [email protected] or online chat.

Or choose the New Zealand helpline that is right for you: https://mentalhealth.org.nz/helplines