While all meridians are strongly affected by emotions, stomach meridian is the most notably 'emotional' meridian of them all. Our day to day worries are felt the most strongly in this meridian, and we can literally 'feel sick to our stomachs' because of an emotional issue or disturbance we're experiencing.
The meridian metaphors for the Stomach meridian are:
- (negatively) Obsessive worry
- (positively) Bitachon, or trust that it's all going to turn out OK
When the energy in Stomach meridian is flowing well, we feel full, satisfied, content, calm and trusting. We know that the same G-d who today sent us food to eat, and a roof over our heads, and clothes to wear, and money for the electricity, is going to do the same again, tomorrow. We trust G-d to look after us, and to meet all of our needs, in whichever way that needs to occur. We're unhurried, unstressed and happy.
When the energy isn't flowing so well, the first place we feel it is in our relationship to food: we'll comfort eat, over eat, binge eat, eat things that aren't good for us, or eat at times when we don't need to eat. Or, we'll severely curtail our eating in an attempt to feel that we're really the ones in control.
Emotionally, we feel we have a big hole to fill, where our trust in G-d, and His goodness should be. We start worrying about everything, especially day-to-day issues like paying the bills, putting food on the table, covering the mortgage, or rent. If the sense of security that's manifested in a healthy Stomach meridian becomes compromised, we can be filled with doom-and-gloom, and feel a deep sense of unease and emptiness which no amount of food can satisfy.
Weird factoids about Stomach meridian
- Stomach people like to read, and to be out in the world, but often can't easily assimilate their own ideas, feelings and emotions. They tend to assimilate other people's 'stuff' instead. Strong stomach people 'chew things over' a lot, which means that often find themselves going around and around without actually getting anywhere.
- Whenever you feel 'off' but don't really know why, sedate stomach meridian, and see if your mood improves.