Finding yourself blowing up at inappropriate times? Taking your anger out on innocent family members or coworkers? Do you find yourself yelling while driving - perhaps at the radio or at other drivers?
I’ve been there. I remember getting so frustrated and angry at work when my solutions to issues were ignored because I was new. Only listening to my idea after all of the other ones failed. And then, never getting credit for the solution I provided. I was so aggravated.
I let mounting bills and financial stress strain my family relationships. I was so angry about finances that I put them before the people I loved.
It was difficult. But when out of control anger affects work life, home life, relationships, and contentment, it’s time for a shift.
Our culture is geared to push forward, grow, make things happen, produce. All of this can culminate in a need to force things to happen! Get the promotion at work. Upgrade the phone. Lease a new car. Pay the bills. We grow up always looking for the next thing.
We aren’t living from our grounded center, from the essence of who we are. We’re whipped around by stressed thoughts and emotions that are right at the surface, ready to break. And when this is the culture of our family life or work life, we are trained to bounce around reacting to life rather than experiencing the vast beauty of it. If you’re living out of balance, here’s what you may begin to notice.
With these steps, you may notice a shift. And so might others around you:
Even though our culture is geared to push forward, we have the choice to maintain balance. And, when we begin to bring balancing practices into our lives gradually, those shifts create bigger life changes. That’s the key. Small, simple practices. Three breaths, three pauses, and hey, try a grapefruit.
If you want to incorporate a daily practice, check out my Taiji For Balance program. The benefits of taiji aren’t limited to the physical body. When these slow, meditative movements are practiced with even breathing, all of the other body systems respond creating internal healing and an overall sense of centered stillness and well being. The nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular system - all of our systems gently come back into balance. It’s a practice that lasts a lifetime and creates a lifetime well spent.
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