Chill Out: Ice Your Liver

Chill it OUT

 


Often times, when we think of stress and/or inflamed emotions, we think, “I need a hot bath”. What I am about to suggest to you is wildly different, and wildly effective.This is something that is going to rock your world, and chill you out, quite literally.

The ice pack method is also phenomenal for when you are finding it hard to settle down enough to meditate or journal. Specifically, if the mind is wandering and racing around, thinking of to-do lists and what you are cooking dinner.
It is one of the easiest things you can do, and takes almost ZERO preparation!
If you are a mom, or athlete (or an accident prone adult) you probably already have an ice pack on the ready. Go grab it. We are going to ICE your liver. All you do, is take an ice pack and apply it over the liver region for 5-15 minutes, depending on comfort and your irritation levels. I like to always have at least 1 layer of clothing between me and the ice pack, to prevent any excessive cooling or skin irritation/ice burn.
Your liver is on the right side of your upper abdomen, tucked under your right rib cage.
Pro-Tip:
If you are REALLY worked up, lay down while you are icing your liver. Close your eyes and imagine a beautiful, cool white light cleansing your liver of any heat. Visualize the cells of your liver, crystalizing with ice… just like a tree branch in winter.

 

Why does this work?

 

Our mind body connection is STRONG, and this means that when our thoughts are spinning and heating up- our livers follow. The excessive liver energy output that is required to process toxins and emotions is palpable, and packing it with a little ice is going to do for the liver, exactly what we want to do for the mind. Sloooooow it down.

Any stress signal is a way of alerting you to say the five magic words: I want to feel good. This is your intention to be tranquil and stress free—and it’s a way of connecting to spirit.

                      -Dr. Wayne Dyer

Journal

The most important thing to do, is to journal out how you feel just before icing, and just after. Make a point to do this every day, or every time you get angry or feel overwhelmed/angry thought. Rate your emotional upset using a scale you can reliably refer back to.

1- no discernable stress
2- somewhat stressed
3- stressed but handling it with tools
4- stressed and complaining verbally
5- stressed and exploding

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