Written for Front Porch Magazine- May 2020
As we move through this unprecedented time, most of us are having to deal with changes and challenges, as well as an upending of the way we function on a daily basis. For many of us, this can result in anxiety, worry, and stress, which is the reason I have chosen this month’s highlighted Meridian: Triple Warmer.
Triple Warmer (TW- also known as Triple Burner or Heater) is the Meridian in charge of our survival instinct. Meridians are energy pathways in the body usually related to an organ system, however TW is not directly related to any particular organ in the body. Instead, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it has the massive task of regulating our fight-flight-freeze response when we feel threatened or in danger. It also has much to do with chronic physical issues, such as allergies and autoimmune diseases, adrenal exhaustion, feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, and is the keeper of habits.
Because of the demands of society and our lifestyles (even before COVID-19), TW is often in an overactive state because it perceives dangers all around us. There might not be any saber-toothed tigers that TW needs to protect us from, but there are environmental challenges with pollution, excessive noise, electromagnetic energy, and lifestyles that are full of different stressors that we place on ourselves.
However, when we work with techniques that calm this meridian, TW can help us to feel safe, meet the demands of life, and even support us in ways that help us to thrive in all that we do. The following are just a few Eden Energy Medicine exercises that can calm TW and balance our stress response.