Throughout all of the media coverage on Breast Cancer Awareness, there is one aspect that gets little to no attention. The chest lies squarely over the heart chakra, the center of emotion. Can it be possible that emotional health can be tied to the physical health of this body area?
Let me set the stage with two concepts: First, turn to the person next to you. Ask them to close their eyes and then point at themselves. More often than not, they will point at their chest. That’s because this is our center of self identity and self esteem.
Second, I just want to bring up the phrase, “Bare your breast to the world.” The old phrase shows that at some level we recognize the connection between this area of our body, vulnerability and strong emotion. We recognize that there is internal drama in the act of exposing our ‘breast,’ of exposing our heart-felt opinions.
Experiment: Take a moment to act out several emotions. Actually create the emotion within yourself. Witness what you have to do to create the following emotions within yourself: anger, happiness, fear, sadness and resentment. Pay particular attention to how you change the depth and rhythm of your breath. Feel what tightens and where it tightens in the effort to create each different emotion.
How does this relate to breast cancer? Failure to express your deep emotional self and failure to honestly process our emotion affects the fluid flow, nutrient exchange, and detoxification ability of the breast. Clenching the muscles of the chest and ribs from intense emotion tightens the muscles affecting the lymph nodes and blood flow throughout the breast. This tightness comes from current stress and unprocessed emotional drama.
Is it possible that years and years of reduced blood flow in the chest helps to build up a toxic or unhealthy cellular environment? Is it possible that the energetic vibration from negative emotion such as resentment or negative self talk recurring over and over again makes us more susceptible to illness at the center of our self esteem? My humble opinion is yes. As a massage therapist working with thousands of people, this connection between the muscles of the ribs and chest, emotions and the breath has become easy to see in my clients.
Caution: Cancer of any type is complicated; complicated to understand, to manifest and to cure. Get a team of experts AND do everything you can on your own to stay healthy and hopefully avoid the significant disruption that cancer can cause in your life.
Next week we will cover natural ways to increase your awareness of the emotion/ breath connection. We’ll also cover tips to help remove the physical tension at the heart. Having more tools in your basket is always a good thing.