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I realize that quitting a long-term smoking habit can be a huge endeavor. Once in a while I’ll meet someone who quit cold turkey, but that is likely an exception to the rule.
The thing about any habit is that it’s familiar and comfortable, so letting go of it is a difficult thing to do.
Therefore, the LETTING GO point is a wonderful point to hold, if you are thinking about or working on quitting smoking. It’s a great point to use on a friend of relative who is going through this, too. Fittingly, it’s the first point on the Lung meridian, so while it’s really helpful for letting go in many areas of life, it’s so appropriate for letting go of something that pertains to the Lungs.
To learn more about this point, see this post.
Name: Letting Go (Lung 1)
This is a great point because its name tells you the benefits.
- It’s the first point on the lung meridian, so it’s effective for relieving discomforts related to your lungs: breathing, asthma, coughing and chest tension, especially the upper chest.
- Also, it’s “poetic” name “Letting Go” reminds us that this is a helpful point when we have ideas or emotions that we’re hanging onto too tightly, that we’re having a difficult time letting go. Grief, which is the emotion of letting go of something dear to us, holding this point gently and compassion can be helpful.
- In addition, this point helps with fatigue, irritability and confusion.
It can sometimes be difficult to find, but when you do, it often feels good. Sometimes it can be tender; hold gently. Often, you’ll take a nice deep breath.
To hold: You can push on this point with a light touch, or with a lot of pressure. As in the photo above, you can cross your arm across your chest and push in and up with your index and middle fingers, or all three middle fingers. Try this out to figure out what feels good. You can rub or massage the point with a circular motion.
You can hold the point with the hand of the sameside, as in the photo below (left).
Or try touching your thumb lightly on the spot. Even such a light touch can be effective.
Hold for 10 or 15 seconds initially, until you figure out what works for you. Take deep slow breathes while you hold the point. You can hold for a few minutes, but make sure that the holding hand does not get tense or tired out. Release gently if you feel any acute pain.
You are encouraged you to seek the advice of a qualified health care provider for questions about a medical condition.