This spring we have been highlighting the organs and the elements represented by the season: the liver and gall bladder and the wood element. These organs govern the eyes, tendons and sinews. They’re also involved with emotional aspects like frustration, anger, decision-making, bravery and steadfastness: all very important stuff when creating a good life for yourself.
An over-booked, fast-paced lifestyle depletes the yin aspect of the body: that which helps us sleep and feel grounded, lubricated and anxiety-free. Technological products, like computers pull the liver yin from our bodies via the liver’s portal of the eyes. There is even a slang term that describes the sensation of the liver yin being zapped after a too-long computer session: gweeped. Tendon related wrist, elbow and shoulder problems are further evidence of this phenomenon. These are all parts of our bodies that rely on liver yin for nourishment.
Some say yin deficiency in a body is akin to running a car without oil in the engine. Indeed, I’ve thought of the earth warming and drying as her oil – heavy, supportive, cooling and grounding yin – is pumped out of her reserves.
Here’s the situation, next time we’ll discuss solutions. Caring for our liver yin is a personally and ecologically helpful act.