Did you know that our digestion has everything to do with having healthy boundaries? Think about this for a second: when we eat something that's not so good for us, our digestive system chooses to either let it in or keep it out. This is the same as interacting with people or situations that are challenging. As we "digest" the encounter, we decide if we will let it in (will this affect my mood?) or keep it out (I am not affected by this drama).
Lucky for us, the thumbs are a quick and easy way to connect with that digestion energy. When we have strong boundaries, the things that might otherwise knock us off our rocker, can't get good purchase. The stomach and spleen energies work in tandem to balance our digestion, and strengthen our container (our skin, both physical and emotional, and our energy field). And guess what else? This is all intimately connected to feelings of stress, and anxiety. How many of us out there get stressed, and either can't eat or binge eat to deal with the tension?
Here's what I want you to do the next time you feel that anxiety and/or stress coming on: hold your thumbs and take three nice, full, deep breaths. Make sure you exhale all the way.
Amy A Ehn &