4) Electromagnetic smog - As I've written about elsewhere, the human body is one big, complicated network of electrical connections. Your body produces bioelectricity, and those bioelectric signals regulate a whole bunch of processes in your body, from healing, to hormones, to thought processes, to emotions, and a few other billion things besides.
The electromagnetic vibes coming off your laptop, i-Phone, microwave oven, fluorescent lightbulbs and fridge, to name but a few, are all sending an electric signal that can seriously disrupt the human body's own bioelectrical network, and cause some big physiological problems, especially regarding the immune system.
Now, guess which meridian is most involved in trying to process these outside stimuli? Spleen! You got it.
Personally, every time I spend more than a couple of hours online, I feel completely wiped-out emotionally, and like I have no time or space for anyone else in my head. I have to 'decompress' for at least a couple of hours to start thinking and functioning like a human being again.
If my kids, or anyone else, tries to talk to me, or require a caring response from me after I've been on a computer, I kind of blank them or react like an unfeeling zombie. It was only when I started pulling all the information together for these posts that I realized that my spleen meridian, ie, my energy of compassion, empathy and caring, is getting completely zapped by my PC.
If I spend too long online, I start acting like someone with a personality disorder, unable to connect to those around me and trapped in my own head. This was a huge 'Eureka!' moment for me, and I'm still chewing it over.
For now, let's put it like this: watching videos, spending time surfing, even staying plugged in to MP3 players and i-Phones - this all takes out spleen energy, in a very big way, and makes it that much harder for people to feel their own emotions, and to respond to others with compassion and empathy. Clearly, these activities should be minimised as much as possible.
5) Stress - The stress response, aka fight / flight or freeze, is mounted in the body by the Triple Warmer meridian (aka, the energetic home of the evil inclination. [I wrote a whole big article about Triple Warmer over on Emunaroma, including tips on how to get it to calm down. Click HERE to read it. ) The first place the Triple Warmer takes its energy from in the body is - spleen meridian! I'll explain more about this phenomenon, and particularly how it relates to tackling personality disorders, in a separate post.
In the next post: how negative emotions and negative people are seriously affecting your Spleen, and your ability to feel empathy and compassion.