Monday, 28 September 2020

October 1st 2020 - Full Moon in Aries affecting the Lung Meridian - Time to Let Go

As we've been given the opportunity to work through our frustrations and anger in the past 2 full moons, working on the 3rd chakra, this next full moon takes us up one chakra to the 4th, the heart chakra (aka Anahat Chakra or Hirda). This gives us a chance to work on releasing grief that is stored in the lungs. 

In Chinese Medicine the Lung Meridian is the Yin meridian of the Metal element, with the Large Intestine meridian being the Yang paired meridian. The Lung meridian begins inside the belly just above the navel and drops down to the large intestines. From here it comes back up through the diaphragm and connects to the stomach. It ascends through the lungs and follows the throat before coming to the front surface of the shoulder from under the clavicle. From here it runs along the outer, thumb side (medial/radial side) of the upper arm and the front (anterior) side of the lower arm. It crosses the wrist and ends at the outer tip of the thumb. (A small branch that is not pictured goes from the wrist to the tip of the index finger, where it connects to the Large Intestine Meridian.)


The Lung meridian controls Qi energy and respiration, and it also regulates water flow. The lungs regulate the Qi that we absorb from the natural world and they distribute it through the body. They control breathing, distributing oxygen to the blood, helping circulate blood and Wei Qi. They are also a detox organ, eliminating stale Qi. They help Qi and fluids descend into the intestines, and together with the Kidneys they regulate the water metabolism. 

The lung meridian also rules the skin and sweat glands (all important detox organs) as well as the hair on the body (except on the head). Lastly, the Lung system regulates protective Wei Qi, the sinuses, bronchia, nose, throat, voice, the ability to smell and to speak with a clear voice.

Feelings of sorrow, grief and (extreme and persistent) sadness are quite common to accompany this full moon in Aries (ram), as the Lungs generate the emotion of grief and its opposite: the wisdom of understanding significance.
You may also experience an urge to make up for 'lost time'. It's a perfect time to let go of old limiting beliefs, patterns and pain that is stopping you from growing.


All pranayamas are wonderful to work on the lung meridian and release grief and sadness. Our breath connects our inner and outer worlds, and is hence the first step in becoming conscious and aware of ourselves and the world around us. 


Physical Symptoms: 
  • Low energy 
  • Weak immune system 
  • Nose congestion or sinusitis 
  • Snoring
  • Tightness in diaphragm or middle back 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Aversion to cold
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Mental confusion 
  • Dry skin 
  • Coughing 
  • Asthma
  • Chest pains
  • Occipital headache
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Lung problems
  • Skin problems
  • Sinus problems
  • Problems with the paired large intestine meridian: constipation, IBS, colitis, diverticulitis 
  • Excessive drinking or smoking
  • Excessive eating of greasy or spicy food
Emotional Symptoms:
  • Grief
  • Sorrow
  • Unresolved loss
  • Sadness
  • Repressed emotions
  • Repressed sensuality
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of personal boundaries
  • OCD
  • Issues with letting go
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-righteousness
  • Dogmatic religious beliefs
  • Prejudism
  • Problems with authority
  • Lack of spiritual trust
  • Problems with intimacy
Things to eat: 
  • All white food, especially cauliflower. 
  • Garlic, ginger and raw onions clean the blood and strengthen your nerves and immune system. 
  • Chlorophyll and freshly ground psyllium husk (seeds), (1 tablespoon each with juice) before breakfast and dinner. 
  • Dark green vegetables (contain lots of chlorophyll).
Avoid:
  • Getting stuck in self-rejection
  • Sugar & sweets
  • Dryness (of lungs, skins) -- moisturise!
Tips:
  • Hold and massage the ring finger of each hand for 2 minutes. Repeat during the day. This energizes and balances the lung meridian and neutralizes sorrow. 
  • Place rose quartz over your heart center to protect against sadness. 
  • Keep skin and lungs moist: moisturise & use a diffuser in the house.
  • Hydrate the body: drink water
  • Breathe clean air - go into the woods, spend time in nature.
  • Walking, biking, dancing or any aerobic exercise that gets you sweating.
  • Play or listen to the gong or singing bowls to stimulate the lung meridian. 
  • Repeat this affirmation often. “I am __________” (fill in the blank). It can be ‘I am beautiful.’ ‘I am loved.’ ‘I am grateful.’ You decide and vary the ending as much as you like as long as it is a positive statement. A wonderful practice is the Celestial Communication 'I am the light of the soul. I am bountiful, I am beautiful, I am bliss, I am, I am'. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ8TelEjYcM for a live version at the Yoga Festival in France in 2007.
  • Some of the gemstones that support the Lungs and Lung Meridian best and that help balance this meridian are: Labradorite, Chrysocolla and Tourmaline. I have malas with all of them available on my webshop should you need that extra help: https://www.shuniya-yoga.org/shop/
Yoga: 
  • All breathing practices (pranayama) to control the prana in the organs. The Basic Breath Series would be wonderful to practice: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/pranayam/basic-breath-series .
  • Breath of fire is the most effective pranayam to do now.
  • Yoga Mudra in rock pose or easy pose.
  • Standing twist. Inhale, twist left with the left arm stretched out and back, right hand comes onto the heart center. Then exhale twisting right with the left hand on the heart. Keep the hips facing forward.