Why Are People “Acting Out” Lately?

Why Are People “Acting Out” Lately?

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. – Chinese Proverb-

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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.

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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.Meandegg2

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 egg_thrownew 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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What is Your Song?

What is Your Song?

Maya Angelou said “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

bird nestAs Mother’s day approaches, I am reflecting on the many blessings and lessons I have shared with my two daughters during the last 27 years. Being a single Mom was especially challenging at times and pushed my faith to its breaking point. Some days I taught them, other days they taught me and each day God taught us.

Recently, I witnessed my youngest daughter courageously jump out of her “childhood nest” in pursuit of her dream to touch and inspire others through music. She decided to step onto a competitive stage to challenge and further develop her creative interests. The process of growth and change took her through uncomfortable stages and many trials. I observed and prayed while she pressed forward through her fears, anxieties and an unexpected illness. She prayed for the strength, focus and enough recovery to proceed. Twenty-four hours away from her performance we were both filled with a mixture of faith and dread. She prepared anyway. That night as the familiar music filled the auditorium and the soft lights swirled around her obscured figure on center stage, my heart rose into my throat. The girl I knew was gone and the woman she was born to be sang to everyone’s amazement. It was one of those strange moments when you feel happy and sad. My baby grew up before my eyes and the thunderous applaud of strangers confirmed that she has a bigger role to play in this life.

Sharing this springtime transformation reminded me that I too have new roles and cycles to prepare for. After the darkness of winter, all of nature springs into action. Birds prepare nests without the guarantee of offspring, flowers grow without fear and we feel compelled to take action. It is wise to align our efforts with the natural cycles of life in order to produce optimal results. What you are reading now is the seed of my song being planted with faith.

Psalm 103:15,16  As for man, “his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.  For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.”

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