Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. – Chinese Proverb-
While on the road a couple of weekends ago, I noticed a lot of conflict. There were car accidents, construction detours and plenty of frustrated people behind the wheel. In addition, I noticed people raging into their phones and couples bickering in restaurants. I, myself, struggled to remain peaceful while communicating with family members about boundaries issues. In contrast, the weather was warmer than the week before, the sun shined brightly, flowers were blooming and I heard birds chirping in the trees. I wondered what was in the air last weekend that could override the feeling of joy on a beautiful spring day.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers us deeper insight into the mysterious ways that our physical organs connect and relate to the world around us. Our bodies must follow the flow of nature. The extent to which we are aligned with this rhythm helps us notice the areas where we are “out of tune” and consequently helps us make new choices to support ourselves through particularly challenging seasons.
Spring is liver season. How does that relate to conflict, you ask? In order to answer that let us take a look at the trees around you. Trees best reflect the energy of the liver. Notice how they are growing. During this phase in their growth cycle the branches are moving upwards and reaching out to create flowers and leaves. This helps us grasp that the energy of our liver is action-oriented. Secondly, TCM reveals that anger is the emotion associated with the liver function. Just being aware of these two simple concepts make it possible to understand why “acting out” is so prevalent right now.
Next time you find yourself reacting to your own or someone else’s frustration, consider a new style of approach. Use a proven TCM stress reliever. Take a “time out” and go throw some eggs in the woods, backyard or into a garbage can. THOUGH TEMPTING, RESIST THROWING THEM AT PEOPLE! This simple action can help you redirect your frustration, release some steam and, most importantly, help you resolve conflicts peacefully. Cultivating compassion and learning how to keep the energy of your liver function moving freely leads to a healthier and happier life.
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another:” Romans 12:10 KJV
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