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Feeling good is the universal goal of deliberate creators but getting there is an individual journey. It’s natural for us to find a different Zen, a unique path to our fulfillment. Fortunately, the zodiac, a la the birth chart, is rich with hints that point in the right-for-us direction.

Balance, harmony, relief, liberation, freedom, joy are not a one size fits all commodity. Each sign, by polarity, element, modality and orientation, has much to say about authentic ‘feel goods’ and the quickest way to relief. Here are some key points to consider:

1) Feeling good isn’t absence of stress; it’s balance, mind-body-spirit.
2) Whatever has kinked our vibe has activated our fight or flight response
3) We each have unique ways to release tension, stress and tolerations
4) Our quickest way to relief may not be what we first think!

The fight or flight response deserves its own post (here) but for now know that when confronted with a stressful situation, the body responds in a primitive way. It floods us with adrenaline so we can better attack the threat or run like hell. Period.  As a modern day human, we are taught to ‘deal with it’ but adrenaline doesn’t prep us for this, not even close.

The number one step to stress relief is to physically burn off the adrenaline. It doesn’t matter if its through kick boxing, yoga, laps, table tennis or dog walks. Just move the body. Once the adrenaline levels are down, you can approach the ‘perceived threat’ in a more evolved way. Skipping this step is not an option, once the adrenals kick in. The body cops it and the body has to get rid of it physically through exercise.

The Signs and Stress

Each sign sees things in an entirely different way…because each perceives the world in a different way. -Richard Idemon 1985

Note: Signs are divided by polarity or yin/yang.  They also have a modality or form of motion called cardinal, fixed and mutable. It’s how roll. And, each sign represents an element corresponding to nature, fire, earth, air and water. It’s the elements I want to look at today. Consider their different approach to stress.

Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) thrives on excitement, risk and danger. They don’t often mind being kept on the edge. This element has a high tolerance for stress and thrive under loads that would cripple others. An accent on fire signs in the natal chart makes challenge and conflict a welcome stimulation. What can stress them is lack of drama and excitement. THAT can feel like a trap.

Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) abhor the stress of change and loss of control, especially when sudden and unexpected. There is a desire to experience life through the senses, meeting events in steady, predictable and enduring ways. An emphasis of earth in the natal chart makes project planning, productivity and tangible results a must.

Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) tend to handle moderate levels of stress and the pressure of deadlines. The more there is to do, the more they get done. An accent on air in the natal chart may welcome high-tension, social environments that require quick and varied intellectual responses.

Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) take on the nuance and character of their environment, having semi-permeable boundaries. Their personal stress levels can reflect the energy of those around them. An emphasis of water in the natal chart often indicates someone who can cope with emotional turbulence when it means they can help and support others.

Note: I’m on talkshoe radio tomorrow for anyone wanting to hear more about stress relief and the zodiac. Call is Feb 22, 2012 and starts at 5 pm eastern (9am SYD time on the 23rd of Feb) Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 55514# (use 1# if prompted for pin) Or stream and chat at: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/55514

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