by Carolynne Melnyk
How much do our emotions really weight on us?
Emotions are a part of life. But, are we truly aware of their effect on our wellness?
Spring Forest Qigong, like all other Chinese Medicine practices, has the Five Elements Theory as its foundation.
The Chinese have understood that emotions are powerful energies that strongly affect our Qi (internal life energy) and our overall health for thousands of years, while Western Medicine is just beginning to discover this connection.
All emotions are inevitable, normal and will not cause disease when they arise in daily life. Chinese medicine only considers emotions as problematic when they are repressed, contained, expressed intensely, or held onto over an extended period of time.
It’s completely natural to experience emotions; however, they must flow in order for them not have an adverse effect on our well-being.
According to the Five Elements, each emotion corresponds to a certain internal organand every disease stems from an imbalance in an organ’s energy system or its meridians (energy channels).
For example: anger can cause damage to the liver energy system; hatred can damage the heart energy system, anxiety and over-thinking can damage the spleen energy system; sadness and grief can damage the lung energy system; and fear can damage the kidney energy system.
But this potential damage can be avoided!
The Five Elements Theory not only shows us how blockages are caused but also provides us with ways to open the blockages and return the body to balance and harmony.
In Spring Forest Qigong classes and healings we use a combination of the methods below to open the energy channels and get the Qi flowing smoothly.
1. Practicing Qigong movements, aimed at returning the body to balance and harmony through focused breathing, mindfulness and movement. This allows the Qi (vital life energy) to flow freely.
2. Focusing on positive emotions can help the body heal. For example: happiness heals the liver energy system.
3. Using colour in guided meditations and with Qigong active movements can also help to balance emotions.
4. Chanting specific sounds can aid in opening the meridians and harmonizing the overall energy frequency of the body.
5. Smiling releases endorphin’s and serotonin. Endorphin’s are natural painkillers. The more endorphin’s your brain releases, the more your body can fight off symptoms of illness, and the better you feel.
6. Getting in-tune with the seasons. Our inner world strives to be in harmony with the outer world. When we are in harmony with the seasons we are in balance and in the flow of the Universe.