The Connection Between Meridians & Emotions (Plus How To Balance Them)
Learn about the main meridians of the body, which emotions are stored where, signs of blockage for each meridian and tips to release emotion from each meridian.
Emotions from past life events can often store in the body. In our upbringing we learn how best to handle emotions by watching those around us. We can deny them, push them down, mull over them, exaggerate them in our minds or allow them to take over how we deal with others. Whilst we may feel that they’ve been dealt with, they may in fact not have been processed in their entirety.
Emotions that are ‘stuck’ in our body can cause pain and sometimes disease. If we learn what emotions are held where, we can gain insights into why we feel pain in certain parts of our body and learn to release them. Below is a list of each meridian, the body parts it relates to, and the most common emotional issues associated with each.
Not sure what a meridian is? Coming from acupuncture and Chinese medicine, your meridians are a set of pathways in the body along which vital energy is said to flow.
1. The Central Meridian
The central meridian runs up the front of our body and is linked with our brain and how we think. It is associated with feeling centred and secure. Negative emotions associated with the central meridian include feeling overwhelmed, shyness, shame, confusion and disconnectedness.
To help balance the central meridian and clear these emotional blocks you can trace the meridian up the front of the torso and imagine yourself feeling centred and secure.
2.The Governing Meridian
The governing meridian runs up our spine. It is associated with how supported we feel by life. Negative emotions associated with the governing meridian include feelings of embarrassment, dishonesty, distrust and burdened.
To help clear these emotions try tracing the meridian up your spine and imagine standing tall while feeling supported by life. Also regularly make a list of all the things in your life that are going well and review it each day.
3. The Small Intestine Meridian
The small intestine meridian begins at the fingernail of the little finger and travels up the back of our arm to the shoulder, it then slips down to the shoulder and back up to the neck and ends at the ear. It can be out of balance when we feel we are being pulled in more than one direction. Negative emotions associated with the small intestine meridian include feelings of shock, sadness, unappreciated, nervousness, discouragement and indecisiveness.
A great technique to bring balance to the small intestine meridian is to sit down and make a list of all the things you need to accomplish. Next step is to break this list down into sections of things you absolutely need to do and things you would like to do. Keep reviewing the list, monitoring over time what is needing your attention and where you want to go in life.
4. The Triple Warmer Meridian
The triple warmer meridian begins at the fingernail of the ring finger and goes up the back of the forearm, arm and over the back of the shoulder, around the ear and to the outer end of the eyebrow. It can be out of balance when we go into flight, fight or freeze response. Our adrenals can become exhausted due to ongoing stress and anxiety. Negative emotions associated with the triple warmer meridian include despair, despondence, heaviness, hopelessness, solitude and exhaustion.
To help release these emotions and balance the triple warmer meridian, spend some time relaxing. Meditation, slow walks, baths, anything that can help your mind totally relax, even if it’s only for short periods of time.
See also: A Beginner’s Guide To Meditation
5. The Heart Meridian
The heart meridian starts at the arm pit and travels down the inner arm to the fingernail of the little finger. It can be out of balance when we go through heart break either for ourselves or others. Negative emotions associated with the heart meridian include broken heartedness, secretiveness, self-doubt, insecurity, anger and hatred.
How can you bring harmony to the heart meridian? Begin to learn to love yourself again. As a go-to technique, imagine a big pink bubble of light hovering over your heart space and then surrounding your heart. Visualise it permeating through all the cells in your heart. Know that you are loved and loveable. To learn how to really amp up your self-care, complete ‘Mastering The Art Of Self-Love‘, a (free) mini eCourse where you’ll learn from myself and 6 other self-care experts!
6. The Pericardium Meridian
The pericardium meridian begins on the outside of the nipple, up to the shoulder and then down the front of the arm to the fingernail of the middle finger. It can be out of balance when we are bewildered by choices and demands and not listening to what our heart desires. The negative emotions associated with the pericardium meridian include gloominess, holding onto the past, hysteria, stubbornness, jealousy, remorse and excess worry.
To help ease these negative emotions linked to the pericardium, make a list of what you would love to do in life. Next, scan the list and come up with a few small actions you can take to begin making these things happen. Maybe it’s doing a short course or even some reading on the internet. Spend some time each week doing this.
7. The Spleen Meridian
The spleen meridian starts on the outside of your big toe and comes up the inside of your leg, thigh, abdomen and passes the outside of your nipple to your second rib and then comes back down your side to the sixth intercostal space. The spleen meridian can be out of balance when we have an inability to see the joy in life. Negative emotions associated with the spleen meridian include rejection, disapproval, anxiety about the future, alienation, brooding, cynicism and envy.
Want to release blocked energy in your spleen meridian? Think about all the good times in your life or watch a comedy on TV. It’s important to learn to laugh again whether it’s at something on telly or at yourself. Life is meant to be enjoyed.
8. The Stomach Meridian
The stomach meridian starts just under the centre of your eye, goes down the face to the edge of the jaw and then back up to the forehead. It then travels down to the throat and front of the abdomen, down the front of the leg and finished on the second toe nail. It can be out of balance when we worry too much and can’t ‘digest’ what is going on. There is a connection between energy in microbiomes and meridians. Negative emotions associated with the stomach meridian include unreliability, criticism, disappointment, deprivation, hunger, emptiness, nausea, greed, disgust, doubt and bitterness.
To help bring balance to the stomach meridian, remember that worrying about something doesn’t help yourself or the other people involved. Send the energy that you’re giving to worrying thoughts, to thinking about ways you can make things better. Even if it’s a small thing.
See also: How To Boost Your Mood In One Day
9. The Lung Meridian
The lung meridian starts at the first intercostal space, up to the shoulder and down the front of the arm to the fingernail of your thumb. It can be out of balance when we hold on to grief too long. Negative emotions associated with the lung meridian include depression, false pride, intolerance, prejudice, contempt, smothered and scornfulness. In life there are times that we must grieve. Whether it’s due to a loss of a loved one or for something we have lost in life.
How can you release the negative emotions in your lung meridian? Try putting a time period on your grieving period and after that time, focus on the joy you had with that person rather than the loss you are experiencing now.
10. The Large Intestine Meridian
The large intestine meridian starts at the fingernail of your first finger, goes up your arm and dips behind your shoulder and then back up the front of your face to your nostril. It can be out of balance when we are too controlling or holding on too tight. A large intestine meridian imbalance may be the case if you’re feeling emotions of guilt, grief, regret, depression, apathy, sadness, toxic shame and powerlessness.
To help balance the large intestine meridian, think about the things you are holding on too tight to and then visualise releasing your control. There is really nothing in life we can control fully and the sooner we accept that the easier life will become.
11. The Kidney Meridian
The kidney meridian starts on the sole of your foot and goes up the inside of your leg, up the abdomen and ends just below the clavicle. A kidney meridian imbalance may be present when we are fearful of being alone or feel shame. A kidney meridian imbalance may manifest as anxiety, phobias, superstition, paranoia, cautiousness, carelessness and recklessness.
To bring a sense of equilibrium to the kidney meridian, get in touch with your spirit guides and angels through meditation. Feel them surrounding you are at all times. I personally ask Arch Angel Michael to give me a big hug with his angel wings when I feel alone.
12. The Bladder Meridian
The bladder meridian starts at the inner corner of your eye, goes over your head, your back and your legs and ends on the toenail of your little toe. It can be out of balance when we are fearful and anxious. Negative emotions associated with the bladder meridian include fear, anxiety, dread, terror, panic, restlessness and frustration.
Maintain balance in the bladder meridian by visualising a big white bubble of protection around you when you are going into places that make you feel uneasy or nervous.
13. The Liver Meridian
The liver meridian starts on the nail bed of your large toe (on the inside), runs up the inner leg, thigh and to the outside of your abdomen and then back in to the sternum. It can be out of balance when we are feel rage towards ourselves or excessive guilt. Negative emotions associated with the liver meridian include anger, rage, wrath, distressfulness, vengefulness, resentment, irritability, hostility, blame and bitterness.
To help let go of the emotions blocking the liver meridian, have a go at hitting a punching bag, going for a jog or doing some physical activity. Alternatively you can do some automatic writing and let it all out and then ceremoniously burn the paper afterwards.
14. The Gall Bladder Meridian
The gall bladder meridian starts at the outer corner of your eye, goes back and forth across your head, down the front of your shoulder, goes in and out over the abdomen as it travels down, then down the outer side of your leg and ends on the fourth toe. It can be out of balance when we feel rage and judgemental towards others. Negative emotions associated with the gall bladder meridian include anger, helplessness, judgement and proudness.
To balance the energy in the gall bladder meridian, you can do some sort of physical activity to release the anger or you can try and see the situation from the other person’s point of view. Maybe they are just doing the best they can possibly do, given the tools they have. Sometimes practicing compassion towards others can help release feelings of judgement and rage.
As with all emotions it can sometimes take time to release them fully. Some of your emotions may have been around for a long time and then added to over the years. It can be a little like peeling an onion, layer upon layer. Give yourself the time and space to work through things and remember that it is possible to release any emotion if we really want to and are willing to do the work.
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