In Chinese medicine, the organ system that represents our giving and forgiving aspects is the Heart. A peaceful heart is one that flows freely with no thoughts or emotions of anger, resentment or sadness. The positive and what would be considered pure emotion of the heart is joy. It is hard to have a joyful heart when there are so many expectations that we have for ourselves and others. It is a good time of year to reflect on how we can give without expecting to receive. All religions focus on this attribute to show how we can be fulfilled with peace and joy without expectation. There is also the past hurt we may have experienced from someone and find it difficult to forgive. It is best to try to communicate with that person to let them know in a loving way that you felt unheard or hurt by what they said or did. A book I am currently reading and working on in my own life is called “Non Violent Communication, A Language of Life” by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Phd.

Chinese medicine also ties together the emotional health of the person to their physical health. Unresolved or pent up emotions can lead to insomnia, upset digestion, headaches and back aches. The heart symptoms can be literal chest pain or other types of symptoms such as dream disturbed sleep or issues with keeping your focus. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help to realign the energy of the heart. These modalities can calm the nervous system, harmonize your energy and can provide insight into your current expectations.

May you have a peaceful and joyous holiday ahead and a better New Year in 2022!

Sharon McDermott, L.Ac., CBD

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