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HJ: The heart and mind are not opposed, as some would have you believe. They ar e, in fact, mutually supportive of each other when in balance. We have a tenden cy to lose connection with the heart in favor of the mind the thinking mind beco mes dominant and this is when problems arise. We do not acknowledge the voice o f our intuition, or perhaps even distrust it or ignore it, and so it becomes atr ophied and quiet. Our modern society encourages this, which compounds the probl em. Therefore, for the awakened individual who seeks a more balanced and whole approach to life, the importance of integrating these two organs/pathways cannot be overstated. Chinese medicine, in its immense ancient wisdom, acknowledges the intimiate conn ection between the organs on the physical and spiritual levels and has developed a system to help heal and regulate the delicate balance between them. This art icle will help one gain a better understanding of the heart-mind connection in t his aspect. I would also like to offer the following advice to those seeking to balance and strengthen the connection between these two organs on a spiritual level. Always remember, they are not mutually exclusive. They key here is balance. Seeing a s how most are imbalanced in the direction of the mind, it is important to lean to quiet the mind and begin listening to the heart our intuition. We must learn to trust the inner experience, for this is the only real experience. The outer physical world is simply an extension of our inner selves. However, it does no t seem to be so, which is the great illusion. All one need do is become a maste r of the inner self and the outer world will transform before ones eyes. How does one accomplish this? I highly recommend the meditation that Cosmic Awa reness has shared in the article here: How Your Belief in Aging is Causing the A ging Itself and How You Can Change It It is extraordinarily powerful and will h elp you experience the state of awareness that is the source of all intuitive gu idance. - Truth The Heart-Mind Connection by Justin Ngui, D.TCM, D.Ac, B.Sch | Vitality Magazine
Modern science tells us that in order to live well, we must have a strong heart. In allopathic medicine this means that the heart has to be robust, it has to pu mp oxygen-rich blood to the cells, and it has to ensure the circulation of nutri ents. But people are made up of more than blood and nutrients. We know that a strong he art can also apply to the determination, devotion, and will of an individual, syn
True happiness calms the Heart. Therefore. hurt the mind. anxiety. CCMS also tells us that the association between t he Heart and Mind is a two-way street. But. As the supplier of blood. One such point that is very good for insomnia. when the morning comes your Emotional Mind tells you that you don t wa nt to deal with your boss. m anic-depression. when the Heart functions properly. the Heart and Mind are connected through vital energy. poor memory. bad tempers. of course. but the moral here is to have control of t he Emotional Mind. We all know someone like this and. and second. On the other hand. In fact.onymous with having a lot of heart . In C CMS. too much of a happy emotion like excitement can over-stimulate the Heart and correspondingly. th e Wisdom Mind or Yi which resides in the Spleen. A common occurrence for most people is for the Wisdom Mind to generate idea s. and not to let it run your decision making. it is said that the Heart houses the Mind . uncontrolled outbursts. This is a fairly simple example. but lacks the ability to make logical d ecisions. On the other hand. by stimulating acupuncture points along the Heart Meridian (channel o f acupuncture points on the body that control Qi governing the Heart). the Emotional Mind can be the Wisdom Mind s worst enemy. but expands this to incorporate emotions as the symptom of a particular organ dysfunction. pict ured above. talking during sleep. the Heart is directly related to emotions of Joy. but those ideas become taken over by the Emotional Mind. depression. It is important to understand that over-stimulation of a happy em otion does not equate to true happiness. and so on. there are two compo nents: first. we can explain t his using Classical Chinese Medicine Science (CCMS). TCM describes the Heart (or Xin ) as the organ that is responsible for maintaining the connection between consciousness and the material world. desire to laugh. epilepsy. dementia. It is the source of laziness. you can affect the Mind. thoughts are fluid and plentiful . When t he Wisdom Mind has an idea. So if you affect the Heart through the st imulation of Acupuncture needles. fear and fright. from yo ur Wisdom Mind you know that you should get up at 6:30 am to go to work every mo rning. so you should go back to bed. and the body is full of energy and vibrancy. the Heart keeps the mind grounded. the Wisdom Mind is the home of a person s wisdom and judgement. sadness. the Heart w ill also be affected. In fact. In this way. mad laughter. causing a deterioration in the body s blood. and Qi. it is easy to understand why treating the He art is important for successfully alleviating conditions related to depression a nd unhappiness. For example. and there is ample blood and Qi. it is able to actualize that goal in the physical wo rld. and environment. The beauty of the TCM approach is that it is not limited to understanding mental illness through a biological medical model (which is completely valid for some cases). w . the Emotional Mind or Xin which resides in the Heart. orga n function. we affect the Heart and those things that it directly controls the mind and emotions. The Emotional Mind is emotionally driven to do things and express desire. For example. and energy. And. then the mind can be clear. according to the Five Element Theory (FET) in TCM. nutrients. more often than not. nutrients. So where does this appare nt connection stem from? In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We Are Of Two Minds Looking at this relationship from the viewpoint of the Mind. and that too much of anything even if i t s good can cause your system to be unbalanced. and disorientation is called Heart-7. The mind is underst ood as an entity consisting of organ function (which we will get to later). that person shows a high degree of vitality. In this two-sided view of the mind. the r everse is also true if you affect the Mind with depression or anger. coworkers.
and the body (and or gans) is extremely powerful. exercise. The Hun is the part of the individual that is not attached to the human body. Lastly. In this case. The Yi c ontains the wisdom and decision-making portion of the mind.thehealersjournal. It is recognizable across cultures and is used to understand and i ntegrate the nonphysical aspects of a person s life into a system that encompasses both illness and health. the mind. The result is worry and over-thinking. the two emoti ons that are related to the Spleen and the Stomach. when the Heart is weak. and remember that this also affects your mind. and rest. Those categories are connected to a pertaining organ (o r residence). The Shen is the Spirit that guides a person s consciousness in the world. you can develop an understanding of your own heart-mind relationship. Ke ep your emotions healthy and in balance by proactively keeping the corresponding organs healthy. we can see that TCM understands emotions by grouping them in to five main categories. self-determination and effort. With this kn owledge. These organs maintain a relationship with Qi. a nd emotion-organ relationship. It contains virtues an d kindness when healthy. The Po is the part o f the individual that ceases to exist when a person dies. the Spirit is a container for competence and responsibilities that are inherent in a human being. W e know this simply as will-power . and nutrients just like the Heart and Mind. This TCM view of the connection between emotions.ysZ5cdMZ. blood. The fact that organs can be linked with emotions is documented with a science that extends through thousands of years. RESIDENCE SPIRIT EMOTION Heart Soul (Shen) Joy Liver Non-Corporeal Soul (Hun) Anger Spleen Potential Consciousness (Yi) Concern Lung Corporeal Soul/Animal Soul (Po) Grief Kidneys Will (Zhi) Fear In the chart above. the Zhi is the home of intentions.See more at: http://www. . it directly affects the regulation of the Spleen and Stomach. The second column in the char t.com/2013/03/17/how-to-strengthen-the -heart-mind-connection/#sthash. Work out your heart through cardiovascul ar exercise. According to the FET. is a very important one to understand and is in no wa y connected to ideas of spirituality or religious connotations. Work out your mind w ith relaxation and equal contemplation and it will do wonders for your heart. and begin to better understand your body by observing the emoti ons that take hold of you. This enables one to prevent emotional rollercoast ers and mental illness by making each side of the relationship stronger and heal thier through diet.dpuf .hile excessive happiness may cause hyperactivity resulting in a crash or weakness. called a Zhang Organ . and can endure pain and suffering. which refers to Spirit.KvPqQrHA. It is the Spirit that is dependent on a person s physical life based on reactivity or animation of a per son.
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