Stimulating your liver meridian can considerably improve your quality of sleep.
Facts about the liver from the Chinese perspective:
Color: Forest green
Season : Spring
Harmful emotion: Anger
Positive emotion: kindness
Anger weakens the liver and causes the qi to rise. Rising qi leads o muscular tension and other ailments including headaches, eyestrain, hemorrhoids, mood swings and irregular periods.
When the liver is weak it cannot performing its function of spreading the qi and harmonizing its flow.
Some Qigong lifestyle practices that induce sounder sleep include:
- shaking your body
- scan your body after your qigong practice and compare how it is feeling now to how it felt before you did your practice. (The more you are aware of the contrast between
before and after the easier it is to change habits)
- always do a second body scan as you take a deep breath in placing your hands on Dan Tian (your lower abdomen) and take a few minutes to focus on your quiet, still breathing
- count your breaths as you are falling asleep – as your breath deepens and slows down, your mind relaxes and you drift easily into a deep sleep
- cease overworking and pushing your body – as you shift out of overdrive into your bodies natural rhythm – sleep becomes more restful and refreshing.
Why activate your liver meridian?
- because your liver is one of the internal reservoir organs that store Qi
- because your liver also controls the flow of Qi
- because your liver represents the largest internal organ in your body
Easy exercise to heal your liver :
- sit in a comfortable position
- relax and breath deeply as you visualize your liver (where it is located and its size and shape)
- breathe in fresh clean green Qi through the nose
- exhale toxins from the liver through your mouth as you quietly chant the word “Shuuu” (the sound is like “Sh” as if your were saying “Hush, be quiet”)
- repeat three times.
Digestive tip – Sour foods, like lemons, apple,grapes, pear, strawberries tomatoes and fermented vegetables are associated with wood and helps the liver.
To learn more self healing techniques click this link to book your place in the last Qigong self healing workshop for 2016 – Sunday 10th November.
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“Tea generates fluids, stops thirst, clears heat, eliminates toxins, dispels dampness, promotes urination, aids digestion, stops diarrhea, clears heart fire and raises the spirit”
Dr Ma Shouchan