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Tuesday 29 May is bringing us a full moon in Sagittarius and will be affecting the Pericardium meridian, also known as the meridian of the 'heart helper' or 'heart protector'. The pericardium is the protective sheath (layer) that surrounds the heart organ. Together with the heart and the blood vessels, the pericardium runs the circulatory system.
The pericardium meridian is a yin meridian and is paired with the Triple Warmer meridian. It is the mediator between the water tattva and the fire (agni) tattva -- between our emotions in the second chakra and our passion in the third chakra. The fire tattva is purifying and transforming - its energy is not bound by gravity but rises up towards the heavens.
A balanced pericardium meridian allows us to be generous, warm, kindhearted, loving and compassionate to those around us, and allows us to be able to receive both criticism and love from others. An imbalanced pericardium meridian makes us feel unprotected in the heart centre and will cause us to look for other ways to protect the heart (e.g. by rounding off the shoulders, keeping our distance from others, building protective walls around us which are meant to keep others out but only end up making us feel separated and isolated within that fortress we have built).
Physical symptoms of a blocked or imbalanced pericardium meridian:
the inability to smile
problems with or pain in the hips
cold extremities (hands and feet) due to poor blood circulation
low sexual joy
rounding off the shoulders to try and protect the heart
many stress-related problems
Things that are good to eat & drink for this meridian:
oatmeal (contains silica which is good for the pericardium)
a drink of boiled oatmeal. Recipe: boil 1 cup of oats in 3 litres of water for 20 minutes. Strain. Drink 4 cups a day.
dark chocolate, green tea (washed first), matcha tea, Yano or another grain coffee.
Yoga postures for the pericardium:
Any hip opening exercises
Sit in butterfly pose.
Do some butterfly stretches first (bouncing the knees up and down for a few minutes) to stretch the hips open. Then bend the torso and head slowly all the way down, leading from the navel, with long deep breathing.
Slowly allow the hips to open up.
Alternate leg stretches.
Archer pose is the best posture for this meridian. It helps to develop a clear and powerful vision. Do 3 to 11 mins on either side with long deep breathing or breath of fire. Chanting can also help to keep up.
Kundalini Yoga meditations for the pericardium (with links):
Meditation for Forgiveness. Do this meditation with a partner or look into a mirror. Sit in easy pose facing your partner and look into your partner's eyes (or your own in the mirror). Breathe (together) long and deep.