Relaxing Vital Organs
When the vital organs feel relaxed, our nervous system relaxes. When the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys relax, our body feels at peace, and we can psychologically relax. But when the body is agitated by our environment and the toxins we drink or eat, or people around us, our body and mind cannot relax. Mental agitation causes tense muscles and jittery nerves, which cloud our thinking and we will be ruled by our negative emotions.
To shift out of negative patterns, we can slow down our breathing. Deep abdominal breathing can lead to a relaxed mental attitude. Several deep breaths can relax the Vagus nerve, the rest of the nervous system, and the digestive system. The rhythmic movements of tai chi and chi kung put the mind and body in a calm state, like the gentle rocking of ocean waves. Taoist Yoga (Tao Yin) teaches one to sink down into the psoas muscle, the lower lumber, and the earth herself. Lasting relaxation comes from peace in our inner-most parts; physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Taoist healers believe emotions are generated and stored in the organs and physical body. When emotions are too intense or painful to experience, we stuff them down into the body to protect ourselves and continue functioning. After years of not dealing with or not knowing how to deal with these negative emotions, our body becomes overloaded and stressed. It is like a basement that has decades worth of junk; or a trash can that hasn’t been emptied. Taoist meditative practices are like spring-cleaning for your body. Chi kung is like flossing your energy body or dipping your tarnished silver into a solution that cleans it…but we’ve got to practice. We can’t outsource inner peace. We raise our vibration and the environment shifts.
The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching:
Transforming Your Lead Into Gold