Do you have a hard time making decisions or do you ever question decisions that you have already made? If so, working with the Small Intestine Meridian (SI) might be one way to make those decisions a little easier to make.
The Small Intestine organ is an important part of the digestive system and makes constant decisions about what nutrients the body needs and what should be separated and eliminated. An unhealthy Small Intestine can affect the decisions it makes, which can result in poor absorption of nutrients that are important for our health.
Just like the Small Intestine organ, the Small Intestine Meridian (Meridians are energy pathways in the body) is all about decision making. A balanced SI allows us to be decisive and discern what is important and what is not. However, an imbalanced SI can lead to panic or the inability to make decisions, feeling divided and pulled in many directions, irritability, and indecisiveness about our life’s direction. Physically, we can experience among other things cramping, bloating, poor circulation and digestion, weakness in the legs, and sore or stiff shoulders. Luckily, there are some ways to bring SI into balance using Eden Method techniques and Traditional Chinese Medicine wisdom.
The Small Intestine Meridian, along with a few other Meridians, is part of an element called the Fire Element. The Fire Element is associated with the season of Summer, so the following exercise is a great one to do throughout the season. Place your hand on your forehead being sure to cover the area above each of your eyebrows, and place your other hand on the back of your head directly behind your eyebrows. Breath into this a few times as you hold these two areas with a light touch.
Summer is upon us, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), that means the Fire Element is also in full swing. Triple Warmer Meridian is one of four meridians (energy pathways in the body) associated with the Fire Element, and while Triple Warmer protects us from our outside environment, his sister Pericardium or Circulation/Sex Meridian, (C/S) protects our inner world including our heart.
Sometimes called the “King’s Bodyguard,” the job of the C/S Meridian is to keep our heart safe, physically and emotionally. The pericardium is the area surrounding the heart, protecting it, and removing excess energy from it. It is associated with the hormones and chemical messages related to reproduction and relates to the muscular function of the heart and blood vessels.
Emotionally, an unbalanced C/S Meridian can make it hard for us to open our heart to others and can impact our experiences with intimacy and love. We can become overwhelmed with our choices and the demands placed on us, and neglect our desires and what our heart truly needs. When it is in balance, however, C/S prioritizes the joy of the heart, and we are true to ourselves. We can then make good decisions that support our heart’s needs, whether those decisions have to do with our relationship with others or ourselves. Self-acceptance, resilience, radiance, joy, and openness are all supported by a balanced C/S.
Taking Down the Flame is one exercise that can balance C/S, as well as the other Fire Element Meridians. Take a deep breath in and bring your fingers and thumbs together in a pyramid type position above your head. Rest your thumbs on the top of your head and exhale. Inhale and on an exhale, bring your thumbs to the middle of your forehead. Inhale and on the next exhale, bring your thumbs to your heart area. Inhale and on the exhale, bring your thumbs to your naval and flatten your hands. Inhale, and on the next exhale, sweep the energy down and off of your legs. If you really want to add even more balance to this exercise, you can exhale each time with the “Haaaaaa” sound.
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
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.
As we continue our journey in understanding and working with the meridians (energy pathways) of the body, we come to the Gall Bladder Meridian (GB). The Gall Bladder organ stores and concentrates the bile from the liver and helps with digestion and metabolism of fats and oils. Working with the lymphatic system, it helps to clear toxins from the muscular system, and balancing this meridian can help to strengthen the muscles and tendons.
GB is most active between 11 pm and 1 am, so insomnia or waking in the middle of the night could possibly be associated with an imbalance in this meridian. GB runs from the eyes, along the side of the head, down the side of the neck, through the shoulders, down the sides of the ribs to the hips, through the knees and ankles and ends at the fourth toe. Because of its path, headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder tension, hip and knee pain, along with ankle and foot pain could all be related to a possible imbalance in GB.
Paired with the Liver
Meridian, GB makes up half of the Wood Element, and GB is Liver’s right-hand
man. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Liver (LV) is “The
General,” and GB is “The General’s Advisor,” implementing Liver’s plans, making
judgments and important decisions, and together helping to regulate blood,
digestion, and emotion.
In TCM, the Gall Bladder governs daring and decisiveness, and also provides us with courage and initiative. A balanced GB helps us to make just decisions and show mercy and kindness to others. When it is out of balance, we display judgmental behavior and can feel rage toward whatever crosses our path. We can also be indecisive and easily discouraged. Luckily, there are many ways to work with GB.
I can’t say enough about the importance of mindfulness and meditation right now. Though there are many resources out there, I have found that Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield’s “Sounds True” platform keeps me especially grounded. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soundstrue/ Website: http://www.soundstrue.com
I am holding you all in light and love. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. Blessings be, Christina
We are living through unprecedented times and it’s easy to get caught up in the news and social media surrounding COVID-19 and feel anxiety, fear, and worry. Staying grounded and calming the stress response can help us get through this with grace. Here are a few exercises to try:
-If you only do one group of exercises, make it the Daily Energy Routine. This routine helps all of our energies by making space in the body for energy to move and flow, crossing over our energies for optimal health, and helping to ground us.
– It is easy to get caught up in other’s energies right now. If you are sensitive and feel those energies creep in try the “Blow Out” to release those energies or strengthen your aura by Swimming the Aura.
Donna Eden has offered the following exercises to help build your immune system and calm anxiety surrounding COVID-19:
The energy pathways in our body that are called
Meridians are responsible for keeping all our body’s major organ systems
balanced. When they are in balance, we can achieve greater physical and
emotional health. Each Meridian is associated with an organ in the body, and
this month’s “spotlight” is on Liver. Our Liver is responsible for hundreds of
functions every day and keeping it healthy and balanced can go a long way to
improving our overall health and well-being.
The Liver Meridian (LV) is associated with the largest physical organ in our body and has the most known functions out of any other organ. Sometimes called the “General” or “Chief of Staff” in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is most active when we sleep (from 1 am to 3 am) and is involved with digestion, metabolism, filtration, detoxification, immune function, eye health, ligaments and tendons, and hormone health. Emotionally, an imbalance in the LV Meridian can result in an inability to relax, frustration, irritability, and anger against ourselves, as well as feelings of guilt. However, a balanced LV Meridian can result in kindness toward ourselves, a belief in our inner strength, inspiration, and creativity.
They were discovered
two thousand years ago and are essential to our well-being and health. What are
they? The Meridians, and they will be the subject of my monthly columns this
year as I hope to help you dive a little deeper into Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) and Eden Energy Medicine (EEM).
Meridians are energy pathways in the body and are almost like our energy “bloodstream” linking different areas together. There are fourteen of them, with twelve connected segments, and I am going to pick one of the twelve segments each month to explain in detail what it helps in our body and how to balance it for optimal health.
We will start with what
TCM calls the “Powerhouse” of the body: Kidney Meridian. Our Kidney
Meridian, just like the Kidney organs themselves oversees filtration and
detoxification of our body fluids, including the blood, lymph, and cerebral-spinal
fluid. It helps to support many aspects of our body including the bones, teeth,
adrenal glands, bladder, hormone health, and helps to regulate the growth and
development of the reproductive system.
Emotionally, when the Kidney Meridian is imbalanced, we can experience fearfulness and shame. On the other hand, a balanced Kidney Meridian helps us step forward with courage, determination, and confidence. The Kidney (K) Meridian starts at the bottom of our feet and goes up the body to our collarbone. Kidney Meridian runs up both sides of the body and by tracing it, you can help to balance it. Start by placing your hands under the ball of each foot at K1 (see diagram). Then bring your fingers up the inside of each foot, circling behind the inside of each ankle bone, and up the inside of the legs and the front of the body. Finally end at the K27 points at the indentations about an inch off the corners of your collarbone.
As we continue our yearlong journey through the
Meridian System (energy pathways in the body), this month brings us to Bladder
Meridian (BL). Bladder is Kidney Meridian’s (see FP Jan 2020) partner in the
Water Element, according to the Five Elements model in Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM). Both Meridians filter and help to eliminate fluid from our body
and keeping BL happy and balanced, can help Kidney Meridian stay balanced, as
well as improve many other aspects of our health.
The Bladder Meridian is the longest and most complex Meridian in the body and governs the nervous system. It runs from the inner corner of the eyes, over the head, down both sides of the spine, and ends at the little toe. When the Bladder Meridian is imbalanced, we can experience physical systems such as a stiffness in our neck and shoulders, headaches, back pains, urinary issues, a lack of energy and even pain in the eyes.
Emotionally, an imbalance of Bladder energy can cause us to feel that our problems are unsolvable. We can also have an inability to express emotions, feel fearful and suspicious, as well as resist change because of a feeling of inflexibility. On the other hand, a balanced BL will help us feel courageous, trusting, and hopeful. When BL is balanced, we feel calmer and more peaceful and look forward to a future filled with endless possibilities. Through the TCM lens, Bladder is the storehouse of our emotions, and is most active from 3pm to 5 pm. If you feel a little slump during that time period, working with BL might help.
‘Tis the season for celebrations, parties, and fellowship with family and friends, but as we deck the halls, sometimes stress and overall busy-ness can take over our lives leaving us feeling run down and vulnerable to sickness. Luckily, Eden Energy Medicine has some tools and exercises to help you build your immunity and find a sense of peace this season.
the TW Neurovascular Points can help to calm our stress response and help us maintain
balance and wellness during this busy season. Place your thumb, first and
middle fingers in a cluster together (called a 3-finger notch). Put those
fingers at the “V” at the bottom of your throat above your collarbone (you can
use a flat hand if that is more comfortable). Then, place the other hand on the
side of your face with your fingers flat at your temples. Take some deep
breaths and then switch sides.
Another way to take a pause on any anxiety that rears its ugly head is by tapping on the TW “Gamut” Point. Place one hand over your heart area and tap on the back of your hand between your ring finger and little finger. Breathe deeply as you do this and tap for 10 taps, pause, take a deep breath and then tap about 30 more times. Repeat on the other side.
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