Monday, 27 July 2020

Full Moon in Aquarius on Monday 3 August 2020 Affecting the Gallbladder meridian - Visualize a New Life

The next full moon on Monday 3 August 2020 will work on the gallbladder meridian. This Yang energy, Wood element meridian is the longest meridian in the body. The gallbladder is the organ where, according to yogic anatomy, our frustrations are stored – its twin organ is the liver, where anger gets stored. The gallbladder's functions include secreting and storing bile, and it affects the spleen and stomach functions. It assists digestion to keep it moving; it also controls the sinews body flexibility and tendon strength.

The Gallbladder rules sleep, as it is associated with deep sleep from 11pm to 1am - insomnia or waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to fall asleep again may indicate a deficient Gallbladder.

The gallbladder works closely with its twin organ the liver in taking plans and bringing them to realisation. It is also the meridian responsible for choosing between options, good judgment and decision making. What course is right for me to take? It helps us find our direction in life, especially if we find ourselves procrastinating or stuck in indecision. 
The Liver in Chinese Medicine is seen as the General in charge of planning, and the Gallbladder is the liver's right-hand: it uses the Liver's vision to make judgments and important decisions. It transforms Kidney vitality and Liver vision into action.

In below illustrations you can see the path of the gallbladder meridian through the body, with details over the foot. It begins in the outer corner of the eye (one of the tapping points in EFT) and immediately branches into 2 lines. A main branch remains on the surface and winds back and forth across the side of the head and above the ear, before turning downward along the side of the neck. After following the top of the shoulder it then passes under the arm and zigzags along the side of the ribs to the hips.
The other branch goes from the eye corner inside the check and descends to the liver and gallbladder. From there it descends further and emerges in time to rejoin the first branch at the front of the hip.
Then in one single line the meridian descends further and runs along the outside thigh and knee until it reaches the ankle. It runs across the top of the foot until it reaches the fourth toe. Another branch leaves at the ankle to run across the top of the foot and join the Liver meridian at the big toe (not in picture).

    
Frustrations might arise in the days leading up to the full moon and just after, and our tolerance may be (severely) challenged - one of the reasons we've been working on tolerance and patience in especially the Thursday and Friday classes over the past weeks. The test is to stay mindful and present throughout, take a breath, and look for any opportunities to expand your patience and exercise your abilities to accept and surrender.

When prana (life force) is stuck in the gallbladder meridian, one can have difficulties making decisions, or on the contrary make very rash decisions. The indecisiveness can lead to emotional frustration in yourself and those around you (family members, colleagues, …). 

This is an excellent time to visualise the ideal life situation, partner, workplace, travel, ...

Symptoms of a blocked gallbladder meridian:
  •         Headache on one side of the head
  •      Pain on one side of the body
  •      Neck tension
  •         Hip & lower back pain
  •         Nausea & indigestion
  •         Pain in the shoulder blade
  •         Outside leg pain, sciatica 
  •      Blurred vision
  •      Dizziness
  •      Pains along the side of the body (including eyes, ears, throat)
  •      Indecision
  •      Frustration
  •      Procrastination
  •      Bitterness
  •      Resentment
  •      Repressed anger
  •      Irritability
  •      Depression
  •      Nervousness
  •      Being conditioned to expect criticism
  •      Timidity (but also it's total opposite!)
  •      Easily startled
  •      Indigestion (esp. after fatty food)
  •      Craving greasy foods
  •      Bloating
  •      Flatulence
  •      Gallstones
  •      Acute abdominal pain
  •      High cholesterol
  •      Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) 
  •      Hypochondria

Tips:
  •         Visualise the colour green
  •         All physical activity is beneficial in this time, especially if it causes you to sweat
  •         Lose extra weight

Things that are good to eat:
  •         Green & sour foods
  •         Homemade yogurt
  •         Drink warm lemon water or diluted apple cider vinegar 
  •         Spelt with vegetables
  •         Sprouts
  •         Corn silk tea
  •      Healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil)
  •      Vitamin C rich foods
  •      Nuts
  •      Buckwheat
  •      Hemp
  •      Turmeric
  •      Beets
  •      Black seed oil
  •      Avocados
  •      Blackberries
  •      Lemon juice
  •      ACV (with the mother, unfiltered)
  •      Dandelion
  •      Fiber-rich foods

Foods to avoid:
  •         Sugar & sweets - they weaken the will power and 3rd chakra
  •         Heavy, fatty or oily meals
  •      Alcohol
  •      Potatoes
  •      Pasta
  •      Rice
  •      Dairy (including cheese!)
  •      Grains

Yoga for the Gallbladder meridian:

  •         All postures to strengthen the navel point/3rd chakra.
  •         Stretch pose 1-5 minutes with breath of fire
  •         All pranayama/breathing exercises
  •         Meditation 1: Sitting in easy pose, left hand on the heart centre, right hand rests on the right knee in gyan mudra. Focus on the third eye. Start breathing in a 4-part breath: Inhale through the nose, exhale through the nose. Inhale through the mouth, exhale through the mouth. Inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth. Inhale through the mouth, exhale through the nose. Continue for 11 minutes.
  •         Meditation 2: Sitting in easy pose, again with the left hand on the heart centre and the right hand resting on the right knee in gyan mudra, focus on the third eye. Long deep breathing through a rounded mouth, whistling on both the inhale and exhale. Continue for 11 minutes or more.


Yoga kriyas for the gallbladder meridian: