The Kidney meridian also influences the adrenal and parathyroid glands, and it expresses itself through the ears and head hair. Signs of weak Kidney energy include impaired hearing or high-pitched ringing in the ears, and the growth and condition of the head hair depends on the strength of the Kidney Jing (Essence). The Kidneys rule the Bones and Marrow. The Marrow is formed from Jing, and Jing nourishes the bones, so Jing controls the growth and healing of the bones. "Insufficient Jing can manifest in deterioration of bones, stiffness of the spine, weakness of the feet, or chronic tooth problems."
Signs of deficient Kidney energy include forgetfulness, insomnia, dizziness (especially upon standing). Also, Kidney deficiency affects any other Zang (Yin meridian). "For example, night sweats are a sign that the Kidney energy is deficient, with the Lungs also being influenced. In insomnia or fearfulness, the Heart is likely to be influenced by the Kidney deficiency. When the Spleen is influenced, there may be indigestion and early morning diarrhea, because the Yuan (source or original) Qi is not able to help convert the food in the Stomach. When the Liver is influenced, there may be headaches and dizziness."
- weak breath, panting
- hypersensitivity to cold
- drowsiness, lack of energy
- ear problems, tinnitus
- eyes blur upon standing (dizzy)
- irregular menstruation
- pain or numb soles of feet
- dry tongue
- water retention
and depletes the adaptive energy."
-Iona Teeguarden, The Joy of Feeling
Fear and anger are both related emergency responses or "fight or flight" responses. Fear can give rise to anger, and anger can be a way of either releasing the energy stimulated by fear or covering up our fear. "If we can neither flee nor express anger, then both options of the "fight or flight" response are blocked are we are defenseless. Lack of self-trust or the threat of pain from a seemingly superior force can reduce us to this state of helplessness."
We can strengthen the Kidney meridian by building up energy reserves, which depends on the well-being of the whole bodymind system. Since the reserve energy of the Kidneys is tapped whenever there is a need for energy in any part of our bodymind system, it's important to learn how to take in more energy and take care of physical and psychological problems that are draining that energy.
The instinctive response to fear is to escape; will is the force that enables such an escape. Will, however, does not diminish fear. It enables a person to face their fears and stand on their own ground. This means getting in touch with an inner power and strength to resolve difficulties. "Chih is the aspect of the psyche related to this inner strength, which allows us to move forward towards being all of our changing Selves, in each changing moment."
Hara Breathing is also an excellent method to rejuvenate and revitalize Kidney energy. The "hara" is an energy center located about two inches beneath the navel. It is in the Hara that the source Qi gathers and forms an energy reservoir.
As you inhale, focus your attention on the hara a couple inches beneath the navel. Allow your abdomen to expand as your diaphragm moves down in a full, gentle breath, then let your abdomen relax as you exhale completely. It is suggested to keep the breath consistent, without a break between your inhale and exhale.
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