Restoring Wood’s Grace
During the Holiday Season
Each of the Chinese five elements is a style of being in the world – an expression of experience and expression. Every person embodies each of the elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Yet, when action is demanded, it is our Wood element that kicks into gear. During the holiday season we are moving as fast as we can. When our usual style is challenged by the pressures of work, family, and the rush of the season, we can easily lose our balance as the extremes of Wood take over.
Usually motivated, resourceful, self-confident and optimistic, and capable of tremendous power, the tendency of Wood under pressure is to keep pushing forward – overdoing and over performing. Instead of backing off, we stay occupied with a vengeance. We may become impatient, hasty, and even reckless. Frustration is common. Tired, we become nervous, irritable, and even angry. At the other extreme, our love of getting things done turns into paralysis, and we may sink into a suffocating depression. Either way, our usual elegance is lost.
During this busy holiday season, we can create both inner and outer environments that encourage our Wood personality to stay balanced and flexible -to gracefully regulate unrelenting intensity, and to retreat when necessary.
Here is the first or our suggestions to help you reestablish Wood’s skillful, inventive, curious, and fearless grace.
If you find yourself becoming impatient as others around you seem to be moving too slowly:
Take a full, deep breath; then breathe it out in 8 short puffs and one, long, final exhale. Repeat the inhale and the nine exhales at least 9 times, or until the emotion has passed.
You will lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and tame the part of the brain that triggers anger.