Can’t Sleep? Try connecting with your Heart

I can’t believe I made such a stupid mistake!  What was I thinking?  I don’t know what is going to happen.  I’m so mad at myself.  I have to be at work in a few hours and I need to get to sleep!

These were some of my thoughts as I lay in bed at 3:00am trying to get to sleep that were causing anxiety and insomnia.

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Can you relate to this?

See, the day before I forgot to clock out for a break in my day job (that I’m working as I build my practice).  They have a new policy that if you forget to clock in and out so many times that you’ll be written up and eventually terminated.

I did not want this to happen.

So, there I lay, fully awake at the wee hours of the morning with adrenaline racing through my body.

I felt like I was going out of control.

Your Spirit is in your Heart

According to Chinese 5 Element Theory (which acupressure is based upon), your heart is the home of your Shen (or Spirit).  It’s the job of your heart to take in information from your 5 senses and create an emotional response.  When the heart is balanced, we feel emotionally stable.

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The quality that the heart really likes is to be calm.  When our mind is racing with anxious thoughts, this can disturb the heart and cause it to become emotionally unstable.  Insomnia and sleepless nights can then sometimes be the result.

At this point my heart was unstable.  I was feeling a wide variety of emotions, and I could not get myself to settle down.

Touching the Heart through Acupressure

As I lay there in physical, mental and emotional agony I thought that there has to be something that I can do to help myself.  I was suffering and to be honest, I was tired of it.

We don’t have to suffer.  Healing is always available.

As an acupressure practitioner, I have a whole host of tools in my tool bag to help others.  Why not try and use them on myself?  I always tell my clients that Health is always present in the body not matter how dire the circumstances and it can always be accessed and directed towards healing.

In that moment, I made the decision that I did not have to suffer any longer.

I sat up in bed and pressed an acupressure point know as Heart 7.  It’s name is Spirit Gate.  Heart 7 is an acupressure point that when pressed, helps to calm and stabilize the heart energy.  When I have shown this to students in my acupressure classes, most have commented on how relaxed they felt after holding the point for just a few minutes.

When the heart is calm, then the Spirit can be calm.  This will help to settle the mind, reduce anxiety and assist in being able to fall asleep.

As the held the points for a few minutes, taking slow and deep breaths, I noticed I started to calm down.  It’s as though waves crashing around in my head, stared to settle and become a pristine lake.

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As I sank down into the depths of relaxation, I was glad that I took a moment to care for myself, and now could fall soundly asleep.

Working with Heart 7

Try this for yourself right now.  If you suffer from anxiety, insomnia or just have trouble falling asleep, this can be a very helpful acupressure point for you.

Location: Heart 7 is located on both wrists.  It’s on the wrist crease, in line with the little finger (see picture below).

I usually use my thumb or middle finger to press the points.

Here are a few guidelines:

1.  When you press the point go into the point slowly, as if you are pressing into wet clay.  You want to press firmly enough that you are making contact with your body, but not so much pressure to cause pain or discomfort.

2.  Hold the point for 1-3 minutes while taking slow, deep breaths.

3.  At the end of 3 minutes, slowly release your pressure and just touch the point lightly for 20-30 seconds.  During this you may feel a pulse under your finger.  That’s energy moving through the point and the point opening up. It’s a good thing!

I would encourage you to do this point 2-5 times a day if you need to.  The more you practice, the more benefit you will receive.

So, what do you think?

I would love to hear your comments below!

 

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