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.
Though we should practice gratitude all year
long, November seems to be the month that it becomes a true focus as we give
thanks for all that is in our lives. Practicing gratitude can be a profound and
life changing experience and adding a few Eden Energy Medicine techniques to
your daily practice can help to boost the joy that you feel in your life. It
might even help make the month of Thanksgiving even more thankful.
Rushing In helps us to tap into the bigger picture of the moment.
Place your hands on your thighs and take a few deep breaths to ground yourself.
Then on an inhale, raise your hands to your sides and over your head, touching
your hands above it. On an exhale, bring them down to a prayer position in
front of your chest. On the next deep breath, open them wide to the sky above
your head and stay there as long as you need to. When you are ready, bring your
hands to your heart and breathe a few times feeling a loving, thankful energy
in your heart area and throughout your entire body.
The Nine Hearts exercise can help to tap into our natural state of joy, and therefore enhance our gratitude potential. Start by tracing three hearts around your face starting at your forehead. Next, trace three hearts starting at the middle of your chest and down to your pubic bone. Lastly, trace three big hearts over your head and down to your thighs or even to your feet. Be sure to breathe and not get too hung up on the specifics of this exercise.
Our body’s energy can be affected by our
surroundings, activities, and the people in our lives. Think about how you may
feel after watching a nightly newscast, and how different your energy feels
when you are in nature, or with friends and family that you love to be around.
Throughout our day, our energy can be high and upbeat, but also hit some lows
depending on what we are doing, and who or what we are around. Some of us may
be more sensitive than others, but none of us are immune to how our environment
Strengthening our Aura,
or Biofield is one way to pattern the body’s energies so that we can remain
strong when our surroundings may not be optimal. The Aura is the field of
energy that surrounds our bodies. It
acts like a spacesuit keeping the energy we don’t need away, and like an
antenna, channels harmonious energy to us. When it is balanced, it protects and
nourishes the other energy systems in the body. Clearing and strengthening the
aura helps our physical body and affects how we experience our environment. It
is critical for our survival.
The following are just a few of many Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) exercises that you can use to strengthen your Aura. I urge you to pick one, make it part of your daily routine, and see if you don’t feel a little better or a little less sensitive to the energy around you.
Believe it or not, for many students, early August now means back to school time. Sometimes this transition can be hard on kids, but never fear, Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) can come to the rescue to calm fears and anxiety, as well as help kids focus in the classroom. The following exercises can be completed at home or modified for school, and can also help adults in an office setting or anytime you need a little balancing throughout the day.
When we get or feel out of the
loop and unfocused, oftentimes it’s because our energies are not crossing over.
Think of how the left hemisphere of the brain governs the right side of the
body, and vice-versa. Doing exercises and techniques that encourage that
crossover pattern even more can help us maintain focus and better coordination,
as well as give us more energy overall. One
way to do this is with the Crossover
Shoulder Pull and Cross Crawl. Start with a shoulder pull by placing your
right hand on your left shoulder. With a little pressure, push in and drag your
hand across your body to the opposite hip. After repeating on both sides a few
times, move to an exaggerated walk as you cross over each hand to the opposite
knee. Continue this cross-over march a few more times to cement the pattern.
As a sixth-grade teacher, I realize that it would be mortifying for many
students to get up in the middle of class to do this (though I sometimes have
my students do it as a class). Luckily, there are some other ways to cross our
energies when we are stuck at a desk. The eight pattern is a great way to
crossover, and though you don’t want to draw them all over your paper, you can
draw a few sideways eights or just trace over that pattern a few times. You can
even trace that pattern with your fingers on your desk or imagine it in your
mind. Simply crossing your legs and/ or hands is also another way to get that
crossover pattern going.
Summer has made its full force known, and if we follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) way of looking at the seasons through the Five Elements, we are in the Fire Element time of the year. The Five Elements, according to TCM, offers us a lens in which to view ourselves and the world around us. Many integrative modalities such as Acupuncture, Qigong, Feng Shui, and Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) use this Five Element Wheel to help balance our energetic systems in order to achieve good health and wellness.
An imbalance in the Fire Element can result in the feeling that you have run out of steam. It can even lead to feelings of being out of control and panic. However, when this element is in balance, we feel a passion for life, inspiration, playfulness, and joy. One way to balance the Fire of summer is through a few simple techniques taken from EEM.
The Triple Warmer Smoothie is a great exercise to do anytime, but even more so during “Fire time”. Rest your face in your hands with your palms at your chin and fingers at your temples. Take two breaths, and then, as you breathe in deeply lift your fingers a few inches above the ears. On an exhale, circle behind your ears and press down the sides of your neck to your shoulders. As you hang your hands on your shoulders, press in and take two more breaths. Finally, drag your hands down to cover your heart and take a deep breath.
There is nothing worse than the feeling of nausea, especially if it occurs in the form of motion sickness that keeps you from enjoying all that summer has to offer. I used to be famously seasick if I just looked at a boat, but with the help of Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) and other natural techniques, I was able to more than tolerate a trip on the ocean last summer without turning green. The following exercises can help to calm any form of nausea, no matter the cause.
The first thing I did was to make sure my energies were crossing, and I was grounded. Doing the Daily Energy Routine (DER) at least once a day balanced my energies, but two exercises from that routine that I focused on doing the most were the Hook-up and Cross Crawl.
For the Hook-up, place one finger in your
bellybutton and the other in the middle of your forehead. Press in and up and
hold it until you feel more grounded and together. You can also use a flat hand
if this position feels funny to you.
The Cross-Crawl starts with a shoulder pull by placing your right hand on your left shoulder. With a little pressure, push in and drag your hand across your body to the opposite hip. Repeat on both sides a few times, and then move to an exaggerated walk as you cross over each hand to the opposite knee. If your left knee is up, your right hand should cross.
We live in a day and age where it is easy to feel disconnected from others, the earth, and even from ourselves. With technology all around and a breaking news story every day, our resilience can be tested, especially if we are not grounded.
In order to maintain good health and wellbeing and to withstand the daily grind that life can throw at us, we must be grounded. Like trees, we need to be rooted to the earth to balance our lives and withstand our challenges. Staying grounded affects us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and though I have written about it before (Front Porch, May 2017), I feel the need to offer a few more helpful techniques.
Mother Nature provides us with the tools to keep us grounded, and walking barefoot in grass or sand, or sitting with your back against a tree are great ways to feel a connection with the earth and with ourselves when we feel a little lost. Parts of the Eden Energy Medicine Daily Routine can also help us to get and stay grounded.
The Classic Hook-up connects two meridians (energy pathways in the body) which are like our “energetic spine” and can keep us grounded. Simply place one middle finger in your belly button and the other one on your forehead between your eyes. Push in, pull up, and breathe a few times.
Spring begins this month, and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we are entering the Wood Element’s domain. TCM’s Five Elements, or Rhythms model, offers us a way to look at chronic health, behavior, and emotional patterns through the lens of the seasons. Spring is associated with the Wood Element and connected to the Liver (LV) and Gallbladder (GB) Meridians (energy pathways in the body). Balancing these two Meridians can help us to balance our wellbeing and go a long way with helping us ease into the beauty of Spring.
When both LV and GB Meridians are in balance, the Wood Element thrives, and you tap into your inner strength, flexibility, generosity, and dependability. Just like wood acts in nature, you also can experience that same growth and expansion. However, an out-of-balance Wood element, can create feelings of anger, irritability, and frustration, along with physical problems such as issues with hormones, eye health, and Liver and Gallbladder problems. Fortunately, Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) has some techniques that can help keep the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians in balance, and therefore also balance the Wood Element.
Holding what are called Neurovascular Points (NV) can help the emotional response of frustration and anger that you can feel when these two meridians are imbalanced. Simply place the fingers of both hands on your forehead above your eyes and put your thumbs on the points outside of your eyes about a half an inch out from where your lids meet. Hold with a light touch for as long as you want and take some deep breaths. You can also hold the area behind your knees to calm Gall Bladder and balance it a little more.
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