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What Your Body Clock is Trying to Tell You

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Your body clock is a powerful time piece. The meridian clock combined with your circadian rhythm can tell a lot about your physical and emotional health. Throughout the day body systems are active or resting at different times. Knowing what systems are active when can give you insight into what problems you are facing or may face soon. The circadian rhythm is that inner clock that knows to get up when the sun rises and to get sleepy when it sets. Our modern culture with black out curtains and bright electronics late at night can confuse our circadian rhythms and leave our bodies a little confused about when we are supposed to do what.

Finding Your Time Zone

Fortunately we also have the internal meridian clock that keeps our bodies cycling even if we aren’t quite sure what time it is. The meridian clock cycle doesn’t change, but if your circadian rhythm is off your meridian times may be different that what is listed below. By paying attention to your personal meridian cycle and being mindful of your light exposure in the early morning and evening you can reset your circadian rhythm to a more natural time.

For each time you can track both the physical and emotional processes to determine your body clock’s “time zone”. Certain emotions are associated with each meridian where our bodies tend to store a physical memory of those emotions. Holding meridian points (over clothes is fine) and focusing thought around those emotions can help the body release the memory and relieve the emotional trigger. This process is actually part of the work we do in Splankna inner healing.

The Body Clock Meridians

6-8AM Large Intestine

Physical: This is a great time to wake up, drink water, and let your bowls get moving. When your colon is empty you’ll have an easier time digesting your breakfast without feeling sluggish.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are perfectionism, self-hatred, or yearning. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your large intestine (right over your belly button) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

8-10AM Stomach

Physical: While your stomach is engaged, this is the perfect time to eat a nutritious breakfast.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are worry, over-responsibility, or hopelessness. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your stomach (just below your rib cage) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

10AM-12PM Spleen

Physical: Your metabolism is at a peak during this meridian and you’re more mentally sharp to get work done.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are apathy, entitlement, or self-consciousness. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your spleen (lower left side of rib cage) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

What your meridian body clock is trying to tell you

12-2PM Heart

Physical: Great time to eat heart healthy foods and engage socially.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are insecurity, abandonment, or grudging. If you notice yourself feeling any of those touching your finger tips over your heart (center of the chest) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

2-4PM Small Intestine

Physical: As your body is digesting lunch this is a good time to get back to work.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are denial, vulnerability, or lack of emotion. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your small intestine (right over your belly button) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

4-6PM Bladder

Physical: Drink plenty of water to support your body in natural detoxing processes. Read, finish up work, and begin to let your mind unwind for the day.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are fear, dread, or bad memories. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your bladder (lower abdomen) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

6-8PM Kidney

Physical: Eat dinner to replenish your energy and keep your kidneys from working too hard.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are shame, timidity, or unworthiness. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your kidneys (either side of your lower back) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

8-10PM Reproductive Organs

Physical: Great time for intimacy or a relaxing bath to promote circulation.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are jealousy, muddled thoughts and feelings, or love unreturned. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your pelvis (lower abdomen) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

10PM-12AM Endocrine

Physical: Avoid eating after this time in the evening and allow your body to prepare for sleep by regulating temperature and metabolism.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are paranoia, depletion, or nightmares. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your thyroid (right over your throat) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

12-2AM Gallbladder

Physical: Allow your body to sleep and engage in regenerative processes.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are bitterness, resentment, or trouble forgiving. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your gallbladder (lower right side of your rib cage) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster. You may also need to verbally declare your decision to forgive someone.

2-4AM Liver

Physical: Your body should be sleeping deeply and performing detoxing processes. If you wake up frequently during this time you may be putting too much of a toxic load on your body especially alcohol.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are depression, anger, or powerlessness. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your liver (lower right side of your rib cage) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

4-6AM Lung

Physical: The final stages of sleep your body should be feeling restored and well rested.

Emotional: Some negative emotions that you may find yourself dealing with during this time are grief, loneliness, or betrayal. If you notice yourself feeling any of those holding one hand over your lung (either side of chest just in front of armpit) and your other hand on your forehead while you think about the emotion you are feeling can help the emotion move on faster.

Getting Back in Rhythm

Once you’ve discovered your body clock “time zone” you may realize that there are times when your meridian clock keeps getting disrupted. If you keep waking up at the same time in the middle of the night or feeling sudden fatigue during the same time every day, the meridian clock can help you figure out what is causing the disruption. Freedom Flowers has a great post about sleep and the meridian clock that explains why you may be waking up at certain times and flower essences that may help get your body back on track.

Paying attention to your meridian body clock can also help you notice when there may be physical problems you hadn’t realized were bothering you. Dealing with those issues early on can minimize the overall damage to your health.

If part of your struggle is the lights morning and night tricking your body, a sunrise alarm clock can help give your body a natural wake-up cue even when using black out curtains. And using nightshift on your phone or similar programs on your computer can lessen the blue light you are exposed to in the evenings (or you could try putting all the electronics away for a few hours before bed).

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