by Chris Hammond M.Ac.,L.Ac.
The spring equinox was on March 20, and we have entered into the time of the wood element. The nature of wood is to grow upwards and to expand out. The correspondent emotion is anger which rises upwards and outwards. The same movement happening outside is mirrored in our bodies. This transitional time can be difficult, especially if there are obstacles in our lives that we feel stuck with. This shows up as heightened frustration, impatience, anger, body tension, headaches, PMS… Or conversely we can feel more depressed, hopeless, fatigued, lackadaisical and stuck. We can feel like we are constantly banging our head against the same wall or feel like we just want to lay down in front of the wall and surrender to inertia. Both sides of the spectrum are an imbalanced expression of anger and the wood element.
The energy of anger in health is dynamic and creative. It seeks to grow and expand and if there are things in the way it’s able to see outside of the box and find creative ways around it. This is where we get our new ideas, plan for new projects and move forward. This is where our inner and outer vision comes from. Healthy anger wants to plan and take effective action, it wants to see through the clutter and get to the heart of things
When out of balance we need to look at what we are in opposition to. Continuous opposition that does not yield a resolution locks the body and mind up. Healing is greatly hindered. This gives an opportunity to step back and open up to creative solutions. The meridians relating to anger are the liver and gall bladder meridians. When out of balance points along these meridians open up and release blocked anger or build the chi necessary to successfully face obstacles. Issues relating to this dynamic are some of the easiest to treat because it often involves releasing a dam of energy. When more in balance we can act out of an expression of anger that is healthy.