Emotional Healing With Tai Chi – Part III:

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. In our previous article, we discussed how the lungs store sadness and grief, and how these emotions impact our health. Let us now look at another strong emotion that often takes over our lives…


The Emotion: HATRED

Just as anger and sadness, other emotions can also take over our inner space. The decisions we make change us from within. When we like or love someone, selfless acts for them make us happy – we walk that extra mile just to see them smile. Hatred, arrogance and cruelty, on the other hand, have been known to break people.


The Organ Affected: HEART

Ailments include heart problems including blockages, palpitations, chest pains, and more. Some traditional schools believe that the heart houses the first brain and the head houses the second – so often we wonder if we should listen to heart or head. Hatred is a strong emotion. Some situations which engender a feeling of helplessness and angst veer you towards being cruel as that induces a sense of power making you feel good temporarily. In the long run, it hurts your heart. Some feel they are entitled to arrogance due to money, power and influence. Hatred, cruelty or arrogance all tend to disrupt energy (qi) flow. If you don’t deal with these strong emotions, you end up storing them in your heart.

As per Traditional Chinese Medicine the heart is a Yin organ, the associated color is Red. An excess of red in your life, potentially increases levels of hatred, arrogance and cruelty. The heart is the home for love and compassion. With time along with the destructive force on your heart, even the associated secondary organs – the small intestine and tongue – may get may get affected, lead to digestive issues. The tongue could develop speaking issues, impairing your confidence and the former organ leads to digestive issues. The heart sends blood and also Qi to the entire body – but it can’t keep up with the excessive hatred bringing in internal hardness.


A secure person does not seek vindication from others to feel good. Arrogance is a cover for low self-esteem and brings in the need to show your superiority over others; sustained hatred is a toxic form of self-pity giving birth to cruelty. To change for the better, take an honest look within.

  • Start by trying to understand this pressing need to be arrogant, cruel or hateful.
  • Ask yourself if you do it to appear powerful, keep people at bay or feel a sense of control.
  • Focus on what makes you happy, on activities that bring joy – like pursuing a good hobby. Find joy in the smaller things and let go of the need to control – it’s all an illusion anyway!
  • Be friendly and approachable. Open your heart to people and let them know who you are before you push them away with condescending and mean behavior.
  • Meditate and keep a cool head. Open your heart to love.

How Taichi Helps

Taichi balances and harmonizes the yin and yang in your body, solving all issues to help your mind and body move as one.

  • Dedicated, regular Taichi exercises for the heart help improve your Qi flow by helping to internally deal with strong emotions which negatively impact our lives. The functionality of the heart, small intestine and the tongue will show great improvement as well.
  • If you have been accused consistently of hatred, cruelty or arrogance, you need to introspect and will need to quench the excessive fire (red) element within. Reduce the usage of red color around you – in clothes, food and surroundings. The color blue helps reduce this intensity as it is a spiritual color and induces calmness and peace within. Water puts out fire and is associated with the kidney system, which controls the heart much like a grandmother controls her grandchild (in the next chapter).
  • To bring in love and compassion and feel good within, as you inhale visualize your heart in a beautiful Ruby red color. As you exhale, visualize toxins from your heart being released in the form of black smoke from your nostrils, to be purified by the universal Qi.
  • Qigong meditations also help.



  • “My heart brims with love for all; I live a happy, harmonious and joyful life with everyone.”

Keep In Mind:

Replace statements like “This is too painful” or ” It’s so painful that it hurts” with statements including ,”My heart understands me” or “We can do this with kindness and understanding”.
Growing big in stature and enjoying success is great, but it means nothing if you have no one to share your accolades with. You would rather be surrounded with people who love and care for you, even if you are a nobody in the social eye.



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