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This week’s exercise addresses the emotions connected to the heart. These emotions are – not unexpectedly – those of joy and love. However, there is a dark side to the heart emotions. Joy may turn into an overly excited state that results in agitation, nervousness, and hamster-on- the-wheel type of thinking called “monkey mind” by the Chinese. Signs of continued heart related negative emotions are insomnia, heart palpitations, and poor long-term memory.
Wagging the Tail to Calm Heart Fire:
- Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
- Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully for 6 to twelve breaths.
- Place your hands on the upper part of your thighs closest to your hips, thumbs pointing backwards.
- Breathe in through your nose then lean over your thighs as you breathe out through your mouth.
- Swing your torso to the left over your left thigh while breathing in and out through your nose naturally.
- Swing back to the center and then on to the right over your right thigh.
- Continue swinging back and forth from left to right and right to left for about 6 to 12 repetitions.
- Return to the upright position and breathe slowly in and out through your nose for the same number of times as indicated in step #2.
Vital Diaphragm (B 38):
- You can locate the acupressure point, Vital Diaphragm, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- This point is a bit difficult to reach on yourself particularly if you have arthritis in your shoulders or elbows.
- If there is someone in your home who would be willing to press on this point for you that would be ideal. If you con’t have anyone who can assist you, use a tennis ball or a softer ball if that acupressure point is tender.
- Place the ball against the back of your chair and lean back against the ball for a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose. Move the ball to the other side and repeat.
Benefits: This excellent acupressure point is helpful to relieve insomnia and calm high emotions such as an overly busy mind or anxiety.
Don’t forget to drink water after you finish the exercise or at any time you feel thirsty. Word of Caution…If you have kidney problems, follow the advice of your physician as to the amount of water you can safely drink.
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