Spring’s rhythm is full of life and movement. The earth is becoming warmer and the days have more light. With the new warmth and light, inspiration ignites and much can be accomplished.
The color of Spring is green. Green is the most abundant color on the planet and it generates life. Green is the color that often describes someone who is very new at what he or she does.
Wood is the element of the season, we should take care in spring to care and cleanse our liver and detox the entire body through some fasting and steaming vegetables.
The body changes from the extreme Yin from winter to Yang. The Yin organ, the Liver, is in a Yin state and needs to change into Yang. The body’s Guardian Qi (Wei Qi), which surrounds the body and protects it from disease, starts to grow. The spirit is raised. Emotions start to rise. Use deep breathing to help maintain a peaceful mind.
You can use Reverse Abdominal Breathing (inhale contract abs, exhale expand abs) with exhalation longer than inhalation. Massage the Liver and the Liver channel which runs up the inside of the leg from the lateral aspect of big toe up to below the ribcage.
Taijiquan and healing
“Breathe from the heels” is often said in Taoist qigong. “Aging starts in the feet” is another old quote. I’ve been teaching my students and patients lately to check for pronation or supination in the ankles and feet. If pronation or supination is occuring then there will be problems everywhere up. Stability and mobility will also be affected. Be sure to check if you have pronation or supination, otherwise this will affect Taijiquan and qigong practice and more. Massage, chiropractic, Tui-na, Acupuncture, are some modalities that can help. There are plenty of Youtube videos as well that show exercises to repair pronation and supination of the ankles. Sometimes a lift may be needed in a shoe as this may balance the length of the legs.
If you have Amazon Prime for your TV I recommend that you watch a documentary called “E-motion 2.0” It talks about our energy body, emotions, and ways to alleviate pain. It brings about Chinese medicine view into light. Many of my patients have heard me talk about emotions and the mind-body, body-mind mechanism. For instance liver imbalance may make you prone to anger and anger can affect the liver. Same with all other emotions.
One presenter Don Toman says, “Emotion really means energy in motion” he continues on with saying, “emotion is a vibration of energy, and the body takes on that vibration. When it gets stuck and trapped is where health problems start.”
Another presenter was saying that the “Emotion code” a new modern scientific term, will be ways to help people learn to cut off the baggage we drag around us, so we can release and let go of it.”
Michelle Scharder Phd says, “Emotions get trapped in our body and we become sick. Trapped emotions, past traumas, and anxieties that are unprocessed in our subconscious are a source of what ails us.”
Thoughts create emotions, emotions create behaviors. Emotions lasting hours and days create a mood. Having the same emotional reactions for weeks and months creates your temperment. Having those refractory feelings and emotions for years becomes a personality trait. The way to change personality is to look at the emotions we have memorized and stored in body and release them. We use as much as 90% of our energy suppressing emotions. Trapped emotion cause patterns. Suppressing pain and symptoms with medications does not fix the problem. Symptoms are the body crying out, that something in wrong. In the toxic world we live in, we need to not only release toxins in the cells which tend to lock in emotions, but we need to remove the negative emotions and replace them with positive ones. The yang virtues which the chinese medicine talks about. Feeling is healing, and so we need to allow the self to address those emotions instead of resisting them, then you reach your true nature and find joy, peace, and happiness.
People secretly suffer by way of body parts. Lack of ability to do certain things may affect the knees, not having money or support can affect the lower back, having the weight of the world on your back affects shoulders and neck, difficulty making decisions affects the elbows they mentioned in the program.
Dr. Darren Weissman of the The Lifeline Technique says, “Disease patterns both physical and emotional, memories that are buried in subconscious when triggered, our body reacts. This reaction is called “Mal-adaption Stress reaction” and we are unable to adapt in the present “here and now” situation. The body reacts to something in the past as if it is going on here and now.”
Dr. Joe Disperanzo explained how when animals have stress like a gazelle that runs away from a lion and survives its stress is back to normal in 15 minutes. Humans on the other hand can trigger stress just by thought alone. A past bitter memory in any moment can seem very real. The heart rate accelerates, immune gets suppressed, and suddenly you’re anxious.
The core of these stresses is emotions, memories, traumatic perceptions buried in the subconscious.
Jonathan Tripodi talked about fascia and how it connects the whole body. It is collagen and elastin fibers that conduct energy in the entire body. Fascia surrounds muscles and organs. When stressed it tightens. This tightening and inability to relax can harm the body. If we are constantly tightening and creating muscular tension it cuts off energy flow. By the way, the triple burner an organ in Chinese medicine is very much like the fascia pathways. Fascia has been a buzz word in the Chinese acupuncture community for a few years now as scientist have talked about acupuncture affecting this fascia layer. Fascia explains the interconnectedness of the body. He says muscular tension is the bodys defense mechanism to protect mind and body. Tensions over time create layers on the body, layers that damage joints, blood vessels, organs, bones, and other tissues.
Dealing with emotions. It is important to find and address the emotions. The documentary was exactly how Chinese medicine explains emotions. Take this chart for instance.
It is using the Chinese medicine model but adds other psychological issues that could be lingering in the back of your mind. So there is a method presented how to find your troubling emotion, but we will not share it here. If you find yourself having an emotion you can do several things. One is massage from the forehead back to the occipital area or nape of neck. This will stimulate the Du channel in Chinese medicine. This channel connects all channels and will subtly heal balance all the channels.
This is almost the same as the Sahajia Yoga method, where they will have the meditator place left hand on forehead and say, “I forgive everyone“, then swiping the left hand back to nape area and say, “Whatever mistakes I have made consciously and unconsciously, please forgive me.“
Another way they suggested is to do the Ho’Oponopono a method many Hawaiian’s do means “to make right”. This is simply to acknowledge the emotion and take responsibility for it by saying:
1. I’m sorry.
2. Please forgive me.
3. I love you.
4. Thank You.
The mind is powerful and can heal itself. Placebo is the mind healing itself, so the fake pill or fake surgery has shown healing. The opposite is Nocebo effect, that is… even the best medicine and best surgery does not always heal. This is a testament to the power of mind and belief system.
E-motions 2.0, is worth exploring since it takes from western psychology and chinese medicine. Another little tidbit: “Emotions that last for hours or days is a MOOD. Same emotional reactions for weeks and months is TEMPERAMENT, having the same refractory feelings and emotions for years is PERSONALITY trait. To change personality, look at emotions memorized and stored in the body”.
This is only the tip of the iceberg in many of the areas of emotional health they talked about so I hope you can watch E-motion 2.0 and find some great tips to better health.
My Heart has returned back to Tibet.
In my last message, I talked about Neigong and some research I was doing and building a neigong practice. Realizing the massive amount of time wasted on Social media I closed many accounts including Facebook, Twitter, instagram, and a ton of other accounts I had user names and passwords stored but never really used. It was like a spring cleaning for my spirit and soul.
Anyways, Taoist neigong teacher Nathan Brine talked some about Alan Wallace, a Buddhist Dzogchen practitioner he admired. It made me realize that I was also a Dzogchen practitioner as well. I was one of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s first American students in early 90’s when he was in Richmond Virginia. Retreats, weekly practices, etc. were done for a few years before he started his retreat center outside of Charlottesville Virginia and his work at University of Virginia (UVA) Tibetanology program to preserve the Tibetan culture. Many books were translated from Tibetan to English and published through the work of many scholars and students at UVA. I had a dozen or so empowerments and transmission of several Tibetan yogic methods and realized I need to go full circle back on those as well. Sitting has been a important practice again and has helped with my Taijiquan practice in many ways. i keep the neigong to morning practice with Taijiquan and the Tibetan meditation at night. It is important not to mix methods and traditions.
On the intro images one is Alejandro Chaoul a former classmate under Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Tenzin who is in the center of group picture. Alejandro, did Tenzin’s 7 year program, ended up getting his Masters degree at UVA in the Tibetanology program and his PHD at Rice University in Texas. He was involved in the MD Anderson Cancer Center as a meditation teacher for their Integrative medicine program. He participated in some Random trials with Tibetan mediation and helped people with cancer get better sleep and improve fatigue. I’m very proud the direction Alejandro went and reached out to him. Tenzin has also shared some basic techniques on his website. Well, honestly, I am not a big person on organized religion and even Taijiquan groups, but the techniques here are valid and a good start. We can say they are definetly “Tibetan neigong” and simple and practical. This is more of the yogic work, rather than religious worship of buddha and dieties, and that is what attracts me back to it. These techniques bolster quiet sitting in stillness and cultivation of pure awareness, the natural state we all have. Intro course here 9 breathings of purification, Zhine, and Tsa Lung (which has some Tummo (inner fire breath)) are all shared and very good techniques he has made public. More Here.