Crystals are sources of incredible power, real power as it manifests in our lives. We can have a deeper grasp of our lives, if besides relying on our conscious decisions, we also engage and direct our energetic body. Crystals can help us in this aspect.
We will go over tools and crystals for depression and anger that produce incredible results together.
We may believe we changed a lot over time. It is probably true. We learned from circumstances; we understood and adapted to new realities. But this does not mean we changed our reactions.
Those customs that are so ingrained within us that they are invisible to us do not always change just by seeing them. Inner work takes time and can frustrate us a bit with ourselves. Polishing a stone is often the metaphor of choice for talking about working on our personalities. I find it a very appropriate comparison. Polishing requires a lot of patience, and being in a hurry only makes the action difficult and hinders the result. However, we will go over some techniques that can have an immediate effect on making a difference right now, with incremental results in the mid-term.
Anger is one of the five basic human beings’ emotions (the others are fear, sadness, surprise, disgust, and joy).
Of all of these, anger is perhaps one of the most harmful because it is beyond what this uncontrollable emotional discharge produces in others and oneself. An outburst such as this can lead to words or actions we may regret forever.
In general, anger involves great violence based on extreme irritability, hostility, or very accentuated resentment towards another person or situation completely unhinges the person’s normal emotional range.
When living with someone else, anger represents a danger for everyone’s mental, physical, and mental integrity. We may see additional consequences in the form of blows, throwing objects, and any other type of manifestation of aggressiveness that went outside of control.
During the anger episode, blood pressure increases, stress hormones run wild, and the heart rate dramatically accelerates. There is muscular contraction, shallow breathing, and the internal energy rises to an incredible level. This drive is like a source of seemingly inexhaustible power that may become unleashed at any second.
This state notably decreases the capacity for reasoning, and the primitive reptilian impulse to face and flee appears. We are ready to fight or run for our lives. But it is not only about having a bad time. Even if we can walk-away without starting a fistfight, anger produces severe physical consequences, such as coronary problems (heart attacks, for example) and gastrointestinal issues. Also, it can affect sleep and create personality and behavior disorders, which must be addressed by a mental health professional.
Two Exercises Preventing a Near Outburst
Breathe deeply: It seems to be the most common advice in the world. The secret is not how deep you take the breath but in focussing on your body and breaking the chain reaction. If you accompany your deep breaths with affirmations (during the inhale, another on the exhale), they become way more powerful. Inhale and say in your mind, “I will leave this place and feel much better” or “I just need fresh air,” ideally going outside at that moment, you will notice the results.
Take back your power: All our interactions connect our energy with other people’s. We need to be aware of how we are usually dragged into a situation we do not want. And the emphasis here is on awareness. When we try to awaken that level of self-awareness when we start to lose ourselves, a technique is widely proven: This breathing technique is a bit different from yoga. It is inspired by an exercise of the Yaqui (original inhabitants of today’s Mexico). Breathe in and let go of the other person’s energy; breathe in and recover your own energy from this situation. You can repeat it several times, and you will realize that the problem is defused. It may not go away completely, but you are taking hold of what is yours, and it puts you in a different frame of mind.
Once you decide which of the crystals for depression and anger you prefer, you can combine its energy with the previous exercises—more on that below.
A Two-Sided Emotion
There is another way in which we find ourselves rebelling against the present moment. Maybe without noticing it at first, perhaps we only perceive a loss of motivation, even to do things we always liked. When everything is well, we feel an impulse, a drive that moves us in this or that direction. We feel a connection towards the meaning of day-to-day experience.
This shortage of impulse can be just a grey afternoon, or it can remain in the background and turn into depression.
Instead of the movement caused by anger, depression gets you stuck; it is a sort of numbness that demotivates action. This is why common sense usually dictates that anger is better than depression.
Depression is an actual disease. Its origins go back to childhood; however, under certain conditions, any person can have a depressive episode. If something describes our human experience, it is the drive for growth; each individual harbors within themselves a powerful desire to grow and to improve. When the conditions of life seem hostile, and we imagine that, although we may try, tomorrow seems not better than today, hope is damaged, and a process begins that affects our whole psychic structure.
This process usually starts with a perspective of the present moment, which lacks an essential quality. A sense of joy seems faded. Of course, this all begins in thought, and further impressions appear to solidify this idea and this feeling.
These are a few strategies that will yield a positive influence when in a depressive state.
Time: Give yourself time, do not be in a hurry, and be patient with yourself. Little by little, balance will be restored. Feeling in a rush to get better without seeing immediate results can make things worse.
Communicate: Sometimes, it is difficult to talk to other people about how you feel. Commenting on it hurts even more and makes you feel weak, or you don’t want to feel sorry, or maybe you prefer to spend your pain alone. In actuality, it is beneficial to share your feelings and pain with another person who listens and understands can help you feel better.
If you feel like no one around you wants to listen to you, maybe you should be the one to take the first step. You will likely be surprised at the empathy that you will find. Of course, choose well: keep in mind that not all people have the necessary sensitivity to understand others’ complex emotions.
Self-compassion and Depression: When you are down, the easiest thing is to fall into self-pity. This means going over all the bad things that have happened as a daily custom. Afterward feeling like the most miserable person in the world.
Look at how depression affects people of different backgrounds and occupations, and you will see that it has little to do with the reasons. Our mind might create a picture with excuses, but it is a condition that only seems to fit those circumstances.
Walking: Staying home doesn’t help you in any way. Disconnect from the social networks that make you feel more unhappy or turn off the TV and go outside. Take long walks, go for a swim in the pool, ride a bicycle. All of these options will lower your anxiety and lift your spirit.
Eat Well: Learning how to get out of depression is synonymous with learning to take care of yourself, in body and mind. The food you eat each day directly influences your moods. In your brain, chemical processes are produced to make you feel better or worse, depending on what you eat.
That is why we recommend you take care of what you eat to achieve a positive state of mind naturally. We all know by now what healthy food looks like. As a rule of thumb, it does not come from a factory in a shiny package.
Avoid high sugar and fatty foods, keep sodas in line, and though salty foods can bring a good sensation right now, they can do terrible harm to your body.
Have a Goal: consider a change w¿you want to make in your life, and start small. Enjoy the challenge as much as you can, even if it is something simple as cleaning or cooking.
Approaching crystal therapy is something you try by yourself. There is a lot to learn about crystals, but their action can be pretty positive with no risk to your health.
Usually, the best way to connect to a crystal depends on what you need it for. In the case of crystals for depression and anger, meditation seems a good choice but so does a walking meditation. And if anxiety rises when you sit to meditate, going outside for this exercise might seem more natural. We will go over it once you have your crystal. Here are a few choices that especially apply for these conditions:
Agrellite: These stones are helpful when you feel anxiety follows you around. They bring calm, and clarity and their energy can also help you develop intuition and even psychic gifts.
They can reveal hidden obstacles to spiritual growth and are valuable personal healing crystals. They are also beneficial for healers to use as a diagnostic aid.
Green Aventurine: This is a crystal that can bring real comfort; it connects you with soothing feelings and brings harmony and good luck. Commonly, crystals that can help us regain balance are considered good luck. This is probably because everything seems to go our way when we are centered. Green aventurine corresponds to the heart chakra, as this chakra’s energy is green in the Hindu tradition. It is widely used for alleviating difficult emotions and generating feelings of plenitude.
Citrine: This is a beautiful type of quartz that gets a yellow or orange color from iron which was present when it formed.
Citrine has a special connection to anger and depression because both affect the solar plexus chakra. The energy of the solar plexus, when healthy, is what motivates us to action. This is the chakra of the personality and where our personal power resides. From this chakra, we make our dreams come true.
Citrine balances everything in our lives and helps us fight any fear that may be holding us back, and every delusion that hides the sun from us.
The Walking Meditation
Meditation is not about using the mind. It is not measured through an intellectual understanding of the world; it is an experience.
Meditation is not an action. Specific actions can lead to a meditative state. Still, meditation lifts the focus from activity to place it on the subject. When this happens, there is a connection with ourselves. This is a healing process because it increases awareness.
Meditating constitutes an exercise in personal transformation in which the person opens up internally, finds a natural state. This state reveals which attitudes block it and which ones favor it.
All movement arises from stillness. The meditative walk begins while standing straight. We sense our weight, feeling our back and legs, and how our whole body is right now.
Walking meditation is very common in Buddhism, in Zen mainly. It is done at a very slow pace and with great focus. Now, trying not to give more fuel to any anxiety you may be feeling might be a good idea at first to just take it as a regular walk. It will be a walk with heightened awareness.
To prepare for this walk, just decide where you could go for about ten or fifteen minutes. This should be somewhere near. If you have a park nearby, it might be worth driving there. Otherwise, any place will do.
Cleanse the stone you decided for through cold running water. Visualize it being purified. Once you did it for a few seconds, hold it in both hands and while staring at it, ask it to help you in your own words. Visualize a light coming from your heart and connecting with the stone matching its color.
When you are ready, put the sone in a pocket or jacket as it is better to walk with your hands empty.
Before you take the first step out of your home, make a decision to turn all the time you will be outside into time for silence.
Become aware of the functioning of your body. Do not think about it nor count your steps in any way; just pay attention to how walking feels. If that seems easy, try to feel your breathing. Ask yourself when does the exhalation stop and the inhalation begins. This in itself can clear your mind in any circumstance.
After you completed the exercise, you will feel a difference. Even your home might seem more relaxing. Being sensitive to these small changes in your sensations will clear the way for other practices and release you from negative emotions. You will realize that life is constantly flowing and changing, interweaving joy in every single day; we just need to be open without letting our words form a wall that prevents accurate perception.