Letting Go is very hard for some of us, but the effect it can have on our bodies if we don’t can cause us a lot of ill health..
Each meridian is associated with a particular organ, and each organ is associated with a particular emotion.
For instance, depression, despair, and melancholy are associated with the liver meridian, so these emotions tend to interfere with liver function.
Every negative feeling impairs a body organ and, as the years go by, that organ becomes diseased and eventually fails to function.
* This is where my liver (hence my metabolic system) started to fail after I lost my brother, Wayne, the emotion, grief led me to stubborn weight loss and in the end increased weight due to my metabolism not working optimally.
As negative emotions are acknowledged and surrendered, we get freer and move up the scale, eventually experiencing predominantly positive feelings.
It is said that most people spend their lives regretting the past and fearing the future; therefore, they are unable to experience joy in the present.
We think of it like ‘grin and bear it’ – which can be a negativistic, pessimistic approach.
The world can only see us as we see ourselves. Are we willing to pay those consequences? If we see ourselves as cheap and petty, it’s unlikely that we’ll be at the top of the company list for a raise.
When we let go of a lot of grief we have been holding over the years, out friends and family will notice a change in our facial expression. Our step will be lighter and we will look younger.
‘Go, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.’
The suppressed energy of the unrelinquished emotions re emerges through the body’s endocrine and nervous system as an energetic imbalance, which impairs the flow of life energy through the body’s acupuncture meridians.
This results in pathologic changes in various organs.
It is a well-known fact that the death rate among bereaved is much higher than that of the general population, especially in the first year or two following the death of a spouse.
Our letting go of the lower energies of guilt, fear, anger, and pride has alleviated the weight of the past and cleared the clouds of the future. We face today with optimism and are grateful to be alive. We see that yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come, and we have only today.
Love prolongs life.
In fact, research documents that having a dog extends the owner’s life by ten years! Just think of all the bizarre exercises, diets, and other regimens that people go through to add relatively small amounts of time on to their life, when they can simply get a dog and add ten years!
Love has the powerful anabolic effect.
Love increases endorphins, which are life enhancing hormones.
You live ten years longer with a dog in your life because a dog catalyzes the energy of love, and that energy of love heals and prolongs life.
As love becomes unconditional and ever-joyous, the personal dimension of love gives way to universal love. In general, we say of a person who has reached the level of love that they are ‘big-hearted’ or ‘all-heart’.
The phrase expresses the shift of interest and focus of the person’s life to that which is loving.
This upward shift of focus is accompanied by an overall change of perception, a different point of view than which characterizes the focus of attention of a person who is involved in the negative emotions.
Stress and emotional pressure
The more emotional pressure that is surrendered and let go, the less vulnerable we are to the stress response and stress-related diseases,
The main stress to the majority of us most of the time is not due to external stimuli, but to the pressure of our own suppressed emotions.
These suppressed emotions become the primary stressor so that, even in a calm external environment, we are still subject to chronic, internal stress.
External stress = the straw that breaks the camel’s back!
There is an emotional-psychological component in all diseases and, because of this, it is possible to reverse the disease process by removing the internal stress factors.
The alarm reaction occurs via the pathway of the cerebral cortex – hypothalamus (lower brain) – adrenal glands – blood stream (cortisol and adrenaline).
In addition, there is the release of brain hormones and stimulation of the body’s sympathetic nervous system.
Living in a fast paced world
The adrenalin then goes to all of the body’s organs and prepares them for fight and flight. Many people, especially in big cities, learn to live off adrenalin ‘ high’ of constant.
The threat to survival of intense competition keeps the adrenaline flowing.
Typically, they get depressed on weekends or vacations. They are addicted to excitement and abnormal stimulation. They get used to the semi-euphoria induced by high levels of cortisol.
Second stage – involves hormonal changes and shifts metabolism and mineral balance.
Commonly, there is sodium, accompanied by water retention in the tissues. Intense jobs find people with swollen ankles as the week goes by Friday night frequent urination occurs.
They find that over the weekend they have a letdown from the intense work and find they get aches and pains because during the week they are too busy to notice.
Adrenal exhaustion soon sets in.
The body’s defenses have become too weak to counter the effects of stress.
There is suppression of the immune system. The body’s organ begins to show pathologic changes sut to the long exposure to stress hormones.
The body’s energy stores have become depleted, leading eventually to disease, and finally death of the organism.
HOW OUR BODY REACTS
During acute alarm reaction, the stomach’s motility halts, digestion stops, and the blood supply to the stomach’s lining is decreased.
As stress continues, due to an imbalance of the nervous system and hormone changes, hyperacidity and over-production of digestive enzymes occur.
The heightened digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid, acting on the weakened gastrointestinal lining, resulting in ulceration, producing stress ulcers.
We have 12 main channels in acupuncture meridians.
From these channels, there are many tributaries leading into the body’s various organ systems. Abnormal distribution of energy into these meridians results in dysfunction of the affected organs and eventually the evolvement of the disease process.
A negative thought or feeling instantly weakens the body and creates an imbalance of the body’s energy flow.
Compassion and loving kindness meditation practises stimulated increased activity in the left prefrontal cortex (the seat of positive emotions such as happiness) also helps signs of expanded awareness, alertness and insight.
What is held in mind has the power to alter brain activity and neuroanatomy.
This is why we need to take this time to learn to let go of things, to forgive and move forward.
You can forgive in your own way, it doesn’t mean you have to have coffee with that person, or have them in your circle anymore, just forgive their actions and move forward.
You can forgive your work situation, understand that it has gotten out of control, but with this coronavirus pandemic, this may have sent a signal to your cooperation, or boss that it didn’t have to be this hectic at work, we didn’t have to be busy, maybe it’s been a sign wee all needed?