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Emotional Body Map - Organs

According to a 2017 study on Traditional Chinese Medicine, “The relationships between emotion and bodily responses indicates that there are direct and instantaneous interactions within the body that allow for the experience of an emotion to be defined as a feeling within the body.” Whatever we don't process emotionally will show up in our bodies physically.

Lungs- Grief, depression and sadness are the emotions that are associated with this organ. Represents the ability to take in life. Not feeling worthy of living life fully. Grief is one of the most difficult emotions to process.

Symptoms of lung imbalance: Shortness of breath and shallow breathing, sweating, fatigue, cough, frequent cold and flu, allergies, asthma, and other lung conditions, dry skin, depression, and excessive crying

Remedy: Pranayama, sun sal A, journaling, compassion towards self and acceptance, practice of letting go what no longer serves you

Heart- The emotions associated with this organ are joy or hate. Represents the center of love and security. – Heart Attack: Squeezing all the joy out of the heart in favor of money or position. Feeling alone and scared. “I’m not good enough. I don’t do enough. I’ll never make it.” – Heart Problems: Longstanding emotional problems. Lack of joy. Hardening of the heart. Belief in strain and stress. Symptoms of Heart imbalance: Insomnia, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, excessive dreaming, poor long-term memory, and psychological disorders

Remedy: journaling, Meditation, heart openers like camel, upward dog, bow, feeling gratitude, seeing yourself in others

Liver- The emotions associated with this organ is anger, resentment and frustration. Represents the seat of anger and primitive emotions. Chronic complaining. Justifying fault-finding to deceive yourself. Feeling bad.

Symptoms of liver imbalance: Breast distension, menstrual pain, headache, irritability, inappropriate anger, dizziness, dry, red eyes, and other eye conditions, and tendonitis.

Remedy: sun Sal A and B, journaling, diaphragmatic breathing, letting go of what no longer serves you, physical movement

Kidneys- The emotion associated with this organ is fear. Represents criticism, disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a child. Explains why we have the urge to pee when we are frightened. Kidney Stones: Lumps of undissolved anger.

Symptoms of kidney imbalance: Frequent urination, urinary incontinence, night sweats, dry mouth, poor short-term memory, low back pain, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, other ear conditions, premature gray hair, hair loss, and osteoporosis

Remedy: journaling, grounding poses like goddess, high lunge and low lunge, saying I love you to yourself in the mirror, stepping outside your comfort zone

Gall Bladder- The emotion associated with this organ is shock and courage. Gallstones: Bitterness. Hard thoughts. Condemning. Pride. Symptoms of imbalanced gall bladder: Being easily startled and a general feeling of fear, especially in regards to decision-making; a lack of courage, lack of initiative, and lack of assertiveness are seen. This is often accompanied with being timid and poor self-image. Remedy: journaling, meditation, self care, saying I love you in the mirror, arm balancing yoga poses like crow, crane, firefly and handstand

Spleen- The emotions associated with this organ are worry and anxiety. Represents obsessions or being obsessed about things.

Symptoms of spleen imbalance: Tiredness, loss of appetite, mucus discharge, poor digestion, abdominal distension, loose stools, diarrhea, weak muscles, pale lips, bruising, excess menstrual blood flow, and other bleeding disorders

Remedy: journaling, pranayama, acceptance, grounding poses like seated forward fold, happy baby, child’s pose

Stomach- Represents ability to process and digests things. Gut-level fear, dread, anxiety. Griping and grunting. Holds nourishment. Dread. Fear of the new. Inability to assimilate the new.

Symptoms of stomach imbalance: irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, poor motility

Remedy: acceptance, journaling, compassion, forgiveness, diaphragmatic breathing

Small Intestine- The emotion associated with this organ is mental clarity, judgment and discernment. A weak small Intestine loses the capacity to discern useful nutrients from garbage. This manifests in poor absorption of food, the brain soon sputters as well, becoming overwhelmed and indecisive. The ability to distinguish relevant issues with clarity before making a decision is attributed to the small intestine.

Symptoms of Small intestine imbalance: restlessness, anxiety, depression, moodiness, irritability, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, gut inflammation, unclear life direction, inability to focus on a single task, too many irons in the fire, pessimism, PMS, melancholy, constipation, sluggish gut, feeling pulled in many directions, inability to make decisions. Congestive Heart Failure is linked to Small Intestine chronic inflammation and bacterial imbalance.

Remedy: journaling, pranayama, acceptance of whatever is holding you back, and realizing you still have the opportunity to heal it and make it better, spinal twists, diaphragmatic breathing

Large Intestine- The emotion associated with this organ is depression and anxiety. It’s responsible for not only the digestion of nutrients, but also the digestion of life experiences.

Symptoms of unbalanced large intestine: When the energy in the large intestine is unbalanced, our thought processes may become clouded. We might not practice good judgment in areas of finance and interpersonal relations. We may be stubborn, resentful, and angry in relationships. Sore throats, stuffed up sinuses, yellow-tinted eyes, acne, eczema, rosacea, or overall dryness.

Remedy: journaling, pranayama, acceptance of whatever is holding you back, and realizing you still have the opportunity to heal it and make it better, spinal twists, diaphragmatic breathing

Additional Notes:

You are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

Heal on Netflix