Have you ever gotten so frustrated that as you drive into work, your body tenses up more and more? Damn. And you know it’s ‘the job.’ This can stem from office politics, the notion of ‘bullying’ in the workplace, or the many forms of workplace intimidation. What typically emerges are deep-seated patterns that have been embedded in us before we ever started working at the said ‘hell hole.’ If you are lucky enough to be working and this kind of situation has an ongoing theme in your life, there are several tools I have learned from both ‘sides’ of the coin as a worker and as a so-called ‘boss.’ What this means for you is to utilize the BaZi Suan Ming for workplace navigation. This is how.
Leave it to us Americans to screw up an entire indigenous healing system and try to make it relevant only in terms of finding parking spaces and keeping ourselves absolved of any accountability. Who do we think we are? Respect the tradition, keep the peace and find all the amazing, wise and thoughtful things within nature and ourselves. Do not add insult to injury. Do not make things worse. Don’t Slap the Crying Baby. We need to understand the underpinnings of ancient wisdom bestowed upon us to examine our past so we can prepare for our future. This is how.
Have you ever had one of those days where everything seemed to come crashing down over your ears? I certainly have had my share of these moments. My fall back position used to always reason in the end that, “I will try harder. I will work harder. I will pay more attention.” Finally, after years of neglect- I decided to take the help and advice from my grandmother, my parents, my uncles and aunts and my tribal elders. In addition, I have actually chosen to listen to the very suggestions and advice I pass onto to my family, friends, patients, to the not-so-nice people and complete strangers alike. Yet, on a day like today, I still relate to Boxer, the Horse in the epic novel, Animal Farm.
These days it seems like I am hearing the same record (or CD or nano ipod) play the same loop over and over. Class warfare. Racial hatred. Gender discrimination. Howard Zinn’s book being banned once again in several states, (this time at the university level.) Now, don’t get me wrong: It’s not that I think the villains are lurking around every corner.
They just found out that their BaZi “consultant” is a hack.
My BaZi chart never revealed to me the fact that, one day, I would be instructed, (by my dog’s veterinarian) to brush the teeth of my pets, (2 dogs and 2 cats.) Don’t get me wrong. I like animals. I do not think pets are four-legged chores. In fact, my children have even named the chickens we have in the backyard. (To clarify I do live in a northern-tier city known as Portlandia.) But brushing their teeth? (The pets not the children.)
Have you ever had the moment in your life when you say, “I knew it in my gut,” or “I know deep down inside…” or how about “I can feel it in my bones.” Regardless of the language, culture or country of origin, every culture has expressions that talk about the body and the messages it conveys. The problem is that we do not know how right we really are.
The true revolution in “Alternative Medicine” is that emotions matter. Healing is the natural response from the body that says “I can.” This may seem self evident for many of us, in fact it strikes me as “common sense;” -but as the saying goes, “if it’s so common why are not more people doing it?”