The Seven Emotions: Grief

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Grief is known as a feeling of deep sorrow, usually caused by a death of a loved one. Because there is no emotional meter on what grief really is, or the severity, what is felt by each person is completely individualistic. Grief is what happens internally, not what is reflected on the outside. For example, a relationship's end can tear someone's life apart but another person can find it manageable.
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TCM teaches us that humans are nature as our bodies mirror nature itself. Our lungs are responsible for taking oxygen into the body and breathing out air full of harmful carbon dioxide. They are responsible for taking in the new and letting go of the old.
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As I have already mentioned, each organ has a partner organ to keep them in balance. One organ is yin and the other is yang. Balance! Balance! Balance! The partnership with the yin organ lung, is the yang organ large intestine. The partnership works as the lungs taking in the new and the large intestine expelling the old waste. In many cases of severe and excess grief and sadness, disorders can arise in both the lung and large intestine. Our will to be open and let in the new when one chapter ends and let go to which does no longer serve us is not only vital to our emotional stability but our physical bodies.
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A normal and healthy expression of grief can be expressed by sobbing. This deep crying originates in the depths of the lungs - deep breathes and the expulsion of air with the sob. If that is consistently held inside, asthma, chronic cough or shortness of breath can come as a result of the lungs withholding something that desperately needs expelling.
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The disharmony in the lungs created by suppressed grief and sadness weakens the lung qi, which in turn can interfere with the lung's function of circulating qi around the body, especially in conjunction with it's partner organ.
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Here are some ways to help with grief. First are breathing exercises. Don't underestimate the power of the breath. Breath work is very profound as it moves stagnation and qi. Breathe in through your nose and imagine the air traveling all the way down to your toes and into the earth. Hold for a count of five and exhale through your mouth, making as much noise as feels good. Repeat this 3 times and practice it morning, afternoon and night every day.
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The lung has a healing sound that goes like "sssssssssssss", like a snake. This is extraordinarily healing for the lung, make this sound on your exhale in the above practice.
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Visualize! While practicing the above exercise, mentally visualize breathing in new and letting go of the old. Picture with each breath, the exact things you are taking in and letting go. Envision white light, the color of the lung is white- envision yourself protected all in pure, white light, feel love, feel the sun shining down on you if possible. Imagine happy memories and feel that feeling. Know you will have it again if you choose to open a new door. Do not judge yourself for your feelings, express them, and know you may not have all the answers today and that's ok.
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Take Vitality tincture as it contains Ginseng which tonifies vital Qi and reinforces spleen, which is the mother organ of lung. Liver Recharge tincture is great to regulate stagnate Qi. Get acupuncture or a massage. Move stagnation out! Do an enema and detox yourself. Go for a long walk. Massage points yintang and ht7 (google them for reference).
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Foods to eat are: leek, miso, almonds, cucumber, celery, rice, radish, sweet potato, garlic, Ginger Power, Ginger Extract, ginger, pears, walnuts, onion, rice.

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