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Opening To The Meaning Of Life: The Lung Meridian

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    The Lung Meridian

    The lungs are responsible for gas exchange. They are constantly exposed to our external environment and act as a direct interface with the world outside. They separate our internal world from the world around us. It is in the lungs that air first enters the body. When we inhale, we bring in the gas we need (oxygen – the fuel that all the cells and organs of our body need to function) which is then infused into the bloodstream and distributed to the cells and organs of the body. When we exhale, we expel the gasses we no longer need (carbon dioxide – the by-product of our bodily processes). This provides a rhythm and order to the system as we take in air and let it go.

    Called the Controller of Received Qi and Official of Jurisdiction and Regulation, the lung meridian establishes the pulse of life and regulates all energetic processes. In this role, it regulates qi movement, blood circulation and fluid metabolism, as well as the autonomic nervous system and the immune system. The lung meridian is also associated with the skin, which separates the body from the outside environment.

    The lung meridian works directly under the control of the heart meridian. It provides us with a sense of inspiration and provides us with meaning in our lives. It transforms the energies of the soul, giving us the ability to create sharp clear feelings. For example, when we don’t want to experience something emotionally, we suppress our breath. This influences our general energy levels as well as the amount of energy available to feel and experience emotions.

    How We Experience The Lung Meridian

    Balanced – When this meridian is balanced, we experience compassion, good instincts, intuition, free will, individuality, a positive outlook toward life, and a sense of purpose.

    Physical Imbalances – Issues of the lung meridian can manifest as asthma, emphysema, cough, congested and sore throat, bronchitis and other issues of the lungs, as well as conditions of the skin. The lung meridian is also associated with the regulation of fluids in the body; thus, imbalances can appear as edema, perspiration issues, or excessive phlegm.   It can also be felt as a sensation of fullness in the chest.

    Emotional Imbalances – Emotionally, issues of this meridian can be experienced as difficulty separating the “I” from the “not I”, grief, repressed sorrow, depression, feeling weighed down, feelings of emptiness, crying, tiredness, boredom, pessimism, apathy, or feeling as if one’s life is passing them by or are unable to receive the riches of life. It can also manifest as an inability to feel fulfilled or a state of being cut off from new ideas, people and life.

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