Our lungs and sadness – What’s the connection?

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Our lungs
Ayurveda says that our body is the seat of our consciousness and that it is made up from the five elements (space, air, fire, water, earth). 
The lungs are the main site of the Kapha Dosha (water and earth element, the energy of harmony). The lungs absorbs oxygen and release carbon dioxide. 
In Ayurveda air (Vata) is considered electrical energy because the friction caused by the moving particles in the air creates electricity. Now you know why Prana is considered electric energy.
The breath of a persons gives a lot of insight into the persons present bodily and mental health. Your breath can be deep and slow when you feel calm and relaxed, or it can become very fast when you are irritated. It can be deep or very shallow. Regular or irregular.
The emotion connected to the lungs is sadness. This very tiring emotion weakens our nervous system and reduces our energy at the same time. A short breath, Asthma, tightness in the chest, frequent colds, excessive crying or skin problems are common symptoms that go along with chronic sadness.
Let it go
Of course, fresh air and healthy breathing are very important for our lungs’ health. But it is maybe even more important to be happy, in order to support our lungs. 
Try to understand that your sorrow won’t take away tomorrow’s or yesterday’s trouble. It will take away your today’s peace. 
Whatever it is that makes you sad, simply let it go
You deserve to be happy. Take the decision that you want to be happy and go for your happiness. Do whatever it takes to make yourself happy. 
Learn new things (instruments, languages, art, new cultures, etc.). Do some random acts of kindness. Be nicer to yourself and to others. Appreciate little things more. Forgive yourself and also others.
Once again 
Meditation is probably the best and purest approach to let go. Sadness means that we are stuck somehow. We are not present. 
Imagine two people sitting along the river on a sunny day. All is well. One is enjoy the warmth of the sun, the natural sounds and the peace, while the other person doesn’t resonate to this beautiful environment at all. The mind of this person is not present. It is somewhere in there future or in the past.
There are only very few moments for most of us, where there is really something to be sad about. And these moments pass. The problem is that sometimes we hold on to things. We carry this harming emotions or thoughts with us.
But why would you chose to feel sad, if you can chose to let go of whatever idea or emotion it is, that pulls you down? What do we change for the good by being sad? Be happy.
Don’t feel bad. Sometimes we carry these emotions and thoughts for years or even a whole Life-time with us.
Besides of an appropriate diet, proper mental and physical exercises Ayurveda recommend various herbs that can help you overcoming nearly any lung condition naturally. It is important to understand that it makes little sense to take herbs and apply oils mechanically on the body. This is a wholly choice you have to make. Take care. Be more loving towards yourself in a very practical way.
Being fanatic about something is not taking care. Taking care also means to take time and to do it with Love. If your mind and body don’t pull the same string then real healing won’t take place. You have to get your mind behind your body and support your body. With Love, compassion and kindness.
The five main medicinal plants to deal with lung conditions are:
– Pippali (Piper longum): phlegm-evicting and regenerative
– Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum): antitussive
– Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica): reduces excess Kapha (congestions, mucus, water, etc)
– Vasa (Adhatoda vasica): dilates the bronchi and facilitates breathing
– Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra): mucilaginous
Five traditional herbal formulas:
– Trikatu: The combination of black and long pepper as well as dry ginger stimulates the discharge and strengthens the Agni (digestive fire) on all levels
– Sitopaladi: The combination of Sharkara (Ayurvedic cane sugar), samboo, pippali, cardamom and cinnamon is recommended for cough and weakness
– Chyavanprash: The daily consumption strengthens Prana and supports the defense against infections
– Dashamula: The ten roots strengthen Prana and reduce Vata
– Vasakasava: The elixir based on Vasa facilitates breathing
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