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Restoring Wood’s Grace 
During the Holiday Season
Part 2
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 our second set of suggestions to help you re-establish Wood’s skillful, inventive, curious, and fearless grace.
If anger does creep in as you search the Internet relentlessly for the perfect gift:
Pull out and put on clothes that are both green and black. Green lets you tap into your kind side, and black allows your better judgment to take the place of an angry outburst.
And/Or
If the moon is out, simply breathe in the moonlight. You will cool the anger. If it’s daytime, think about the moon and breathe. The effect will be the same if you concentrate.
If you are really headed for a meltdown, add the following:
As your lungs expand on an inhale, visualize that your hair begins to stand on end. See all your hair standing straight up on top of your head.
As you exhale, visualize your hair returning to its natural position. You are, once again, looking neatly coifed.
I guarantee you will begin to smile.

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