Life is full of cycles. Yearly cycles of seasons, seasonal holidays and cycles of learning and growth, graduation, and then beginning again to learn more. And there are monthly cycles of bills to pay, full moons, and fertility.
While some cycles are natural and can be comforting and even inspiring, other cycles can be painful and destructive. Cycles of anger, codependency, depression, and addiction for example.
All destructive cycles have certain characterizing words in common, words like triggers, breaking points, regret, so called “honeymoon periods,” and periods where emotions builds again. Some destructive cycles can be very short, repeating weekly or even daily, and some can be much longer, repeating monthly or even longer.
Consider anger for example, and its partner codependency. In the anger cycle, tension builds, a trigger causes a break when yelling and breaking of things may occur, followed by regret and a period of calm. Meanwhile, a more passive or passive aggressive partner might try to be “nice” for awhile, but eventually attempts to exercise some form of rebellion or self care, which changes a usual routine. This break from routine may “trigger” an argument or angry outburst, and the cycle repeats.
Even depression can have an identifiable cycle, moving from self care, to self isolation, and self neglect.
Every close relationship experiences disagreements, everyone gets angry or unhappy at one time or another, and many people have occasional alcoholic beverages without embarrassing or hurting themselves or others. How can people recognized they are getting “trapped” in a cycle?
When life or livelihood gets interrupted, especially on a routine basis, it is time to consider making some meaningful changes before someone gets hurt. The monthly arguments that always escalate into loud conflict, damaged property, or bruises, the occasional drinking or prescription drug use that turns into every weekend and eventually creeps into the work week, the mood swings that lead to either avoiding friends and family or erupt in conflict with coworkers or customers.
The good news is that recognizing these cycle traps is the beginning of healing. Developing self awareness about triggers, addiction, anger, general anxiety and depression levels, and codependent complacency behaviors can help us to break out of cycle traps before they reach a critical “blow up” or “melt down” stage.
How do we develop self awareness? Tools like journaling, taking note of our state of mind, recognizing the repeated events that lead up to “breaking points”, becoming aware of words or events that trigger impulsive outbursts or depression or drinking or drug use can be of great help.
Coupled with developing self awareness are development of tools for altering thinking or behavior patterns. Techniques like deep breathing, grounding, calling a friend or sponsor, or just walking away can be helpful.
This is where taking part in therapeutic groups dedicated to emotions, alcoholics, narcotics, or codependency, can be helpful. Engagement in one on one counseling with a trusted professional can be helpful also.
Meditation practices are a natural form of self care. Meditation can lead to increased awareness and compassion for self and others, while the relaxation and breathing associated with meditation can be a helpful tool in letting go of the some of the thoughts and feelings that feed the cyclical traps.
With this in mind, Sunrise Meditation and Counseling are happy to announce another “Meditation Day Retreat” in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains on Saturday April 30th. Our location is in Sautee Georgia which is near Helen Georgia, about an hour from Gwinnett and about 1.5 hours from Metro Atlanta.
People who attend our classes learn skills for developing self awareness, dealing with stress, and increasing enjoyment of life and personal freedom through letting go of negative thoughts and emotions. More advanced classes explore increasing Spirituality through Divine Communion practice, and exercising Compassion with healthy boundaries for self and others. People who are new to meditation and people who are experienced with meditation find our classes helpful.
Our Saturday morning class from 10:00-11:30 teaches basic meditation skills including breath centered mind stabilization and mindfulness. Our afternoon class from 1:00-2:30 explores more advanced skills designed to Open our Consciousness. Our classes generally include about 20-30 minutes of instruction and discussion, and 20-30 minutes of meditation skill practice.
To register, visit our Workshops page and sign up on line, or call 678-358-8775. Our rates are very reasonable, 25.00 for a class or 40.00 for signing up for two classes or bringing a friend.