Emotional Healing With Tai Chi
Part I: Sadness / Grief

Tai chi is a 4000-year-old martial art and works on the integration of body, mind and soul, on the principal that every physical ailment stems from the mind and that a proper balance between mind and body can correct and prevent these issues. Tai Chi facilitates the smooth flow of energy in the body’s Meridian systems or energy pathways. Meridian blockages can be caused due to various reasons including imbalanced emotions, actions, thoughts and deeds, which inhibit the free flow of energy (Chi). Each Meridian is associated with one primary and two secondary organs. Depending on where the blockage is – on which meridian, the primary, secondary or all the organs get affected sooner or later. Taichi works on these meridians and removes the blockages so that free flow of qi can result in a healthy life overall.


We will explore five basic emotions that could lead to numerous physical diseases, explain the root cause and the emotions connected to it. When we know which organ in our body corresponds/reacts to which emotion(s), we can identify the root cause of the illness and also gain insight into correcting/preventing it. Let us kick off the series with the emotion(s) ‘Sadness and Grief’.

The Emotion: SADNESS / GRIEF
Most of us are governed by a multitude of emotions such as joy, happiness, sadness, grief, anger, hatred. One of the most impactful emotions that governs a sizeable portion of our life is sadness and grief. When one feels extreme sadness due to circumstances, or a major feeling of loss, then the person is experiencing grief. Grief can cause extreme distress. Some people take a long time to deal with their sadness or grief, while some escape it.

The Organ Affected: LUNGS
When we don’t deal with it appropriately, we store all that intense emotion in our lungs, and over a period of time, all that pent-up emotion starts damaging your respiratory system, causing issues including recurrent cough and colds, bronchitis, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis. As every meridian is connected to a primary and secondary organ, when the lungs start getting affected, people start developing nose and skin issues as well. Keeping things bottled up inside is not healthy. When you experience sorrow but keep moving on and putting up a brave front, you inadvertently harbour the negative emotion instead of releasing it into the universe.


Always begin by understanding and accepting. Realize that you have lung issues due to something that you needed to get out of your system but did not. It is difficult at times to accept that you are grieving and never really let that sorrow go. It is therefore necessary to let it all out. You can:

  1. Talk to a Friend or Diarize: Venting and letting your friend give you a shoulder to cry on can really help. Maintain a diary and let out all that you feel on the paper, instead of staying inside you. It is important and essential to have a good cry, either with a friend or by yourself, when the need arises.
  2. Learn Lung Strengthening Exercises. (Explained below and taught in our Tai chi class).
  3. Practice Deep Breathing: Learn how to inhale deeply, from the lower part of the lung. We often do not use the full capacity of our lungs to save ourselves from pollutants/impurities entering our lungs. Practice deep breathing in a place that is green, surrounded with trees and away from the pollution.
  4. Find ways to Let Go of the Sorrow/Grief that you have been clinging on to. Find a Support Group, seek Counseling, take up a Hobby, and make the time to Volunteer for a Cause you care for. You need to let go and feel light and free from within again, rather than staying constricted, bogged down and hemmed in. Take control of your emotions and charge of your life. Consider your options and take action before it’s too late.
  5. Make a conscious decision to Be Happy, no matter what. Feeling sad is okay when sad memories come back or you are undergoing a tough phase, but deal with it and then consciously push yourself to bring back the cheer and positivity in your life.


How Taichi Helps
Taichi helps strengthen various organs, systems and elements in the body. Practicing lung strengthening exercises weakens the grief and lessen the sadness. Try this:

  1. Visualize your lungs in a metallic white light. As you inhale, take in metallic white light through your nostrils. As you exhale, feel the sad, negative or bothersome feelings slowly move out from your lungs and breathed out – you can visualize this as grey or black smoke. Visualize the metallic white light filling up your lungs, as the grey smoke reduces. Keep breathing slowly till you visualize your lungs being shiny and new, in the best of health.
  2. Try to use maximum metallic white light colour around you – in the clothes you wear, the home décor, beddings, etc.
  3. Incorporating an additional metal on your body – in the form of a belt, bracelet, chain, etc. will also help in developing stronger and healthier lungs.
  4. To overcome excessive emotions, you need to be courageous. Feel a sense of worthiness, believe in yourself and what you are doing. Let nothing pull you down and let the goodness in you supercede everything else.


Affirmations that you can repeat to help yourself overcome grief and sadness:
“I am happy and joyful no matter what.”
 “I am in a positive and happy frame of mind.”


Keep In Mind:
Lungs help you breathe. When we are agitated, we often make statements like, “I can’t bear this!” or “I feel choked, suffocated in this situation!” These statements will stifle you further. Stop saying such statements as these actually manifest in your reality. Instead, say, “I am finding a way out of this” or “I can see the way out of this.” Once you decide to breathe freely, you will do what it takes to be in a happier mental and emotional state.


Gratitude for inputs provided by Sifu Carlton Hill, Taiji & Qigong master, Internationally certified 8th Duan Wei and Founder of Carlton Hill’s Tao Taiji Qigong.

ABOUT THE TAI-QI TOUCH: Kashmira Shaw Raj is a professional Taichi and Qigong practitioner and teacher. Also, a successful clinical psychologist, psychic and healer, Kashmira runs ‘The Tai-Qi Touch’ with her husband, Dr. Brijesh Raj, a healer and a Vet. Taichi practitioners for over fourteen years now, they are instructors in Sifu Carlton Hill’s Tao Taichi Qi Gong organization, and Shibashi Instructors under Sifu Wing Cheung from the Feng Shui and Taichi Institute, Hongkong & Canada.

The Tai-Qi Touch offers classes for adults and children at ‘Infinite Studio’ (Opp. Starbucks Café, Chowpatty, Mumbai). To contact Kashmira, M: 9323874418 or Email: kash.shaw@gmail.com

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