According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Five Element theory the Metal Element relates to the lungs and large intestine. Here are some signs and symptoms to tell if your Metal Element is out of balance.
- Shoulders rolled forward
- Chronic coughing
- Dry skin (eczema)
- Stools dry and hard or loose
- Aversion to cold or heat
- Easily catches colds or flu
- Lack of willpower
- Disinclination to talk
- Lack of assertiveness
- Feelings of sadness, disappointment or despair
- Feeling exposed, vulnerable
- Unable to attain one’s goals
Yang Organ: Large Intestine Hours: 5-7 am
The Metal Element relates to not only the respiratory system, but also the immune system (including the lymphatic system), the large intestine (colon), and the skin. The Metal Element is said to control Wei Qi, also called Defensive Qi. This particular type of Qi has a shielding affect and thus is often considered analogous to our immune system.
Anatomically, the lungs are made up of two lobes located in the chest. They connect to the larynx, bronchi, and trachea, opening to the external environment through the nose. In Chinese medicine, the Lung is divided into the Yin of the Lung (the material structure) and the Qi of the Lung (the functions of the lung); the term “Yang of the lung” is rarely used. The Yang organ paired with the Lung is the Large Intestine. The function of both is particularly expressed in the quality of the skin and strength of the voice.
The Lungs are particularly involved with regulating interaction between the body and the air of the environment in three ways: through inhalation and exhalation; by opening and closing the pores of the skin; and by producing and maintaining the Defensive Qi. Because purified Qi of inhaled air is involved in the production of blood, the Lungs are involved in nutrition. Because inhalation sends water to the Kidneys, the Lung function also affects fluid balance in the body.
Here’s is Pulling Out Past Pain Meditation.
This session begins by reviewing the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) belief that emotions (both negative and positive) are associated with certain of the 5 Major Organs (Heart, Spleen, Lung, Kidney, and Liver). For example, the negative emotions of anger, hostility, hatred can affect the Liver. The various meditative and moving exercises done so far have emphasized restoration of Qi Balance to these individual organs and channels of the body. However, we can also have negative emotions get stuck in various parts of our bodies. Usually we are not conscious of where or how we store these negative emotions/past trauma in our body.
This Meditation will show you where you store pain of the past, the present, and anticipated future pain.
Mindfulness and centeredness are always important, but especially so with the Pulling Out Past Pain Meditation. Repetition of this practice should bring greater and greater clarity and benefit. As you release your pain, it makes way for clear, light, and refreshed body, mind and spirit.