The character for sadness is a symbol for negation or refusal of something. When we grieve it is natural to find it hard to accept the loss – at the extreme we can refuse to acknowledge what has occurred. To some extent sadness is about contending with loss and finding a way to accept and move on. The pathology from sadness relates to saying no to what is, ie. Refusing to accept the change in circumstances. By refusing to acknowledge reality we contradict our spirits – driving a wedge between our perception and acceptance of reality. When we are sad we close off ourselves to life and everything around us. Qi disappears and dries up. You are affected at the centre of vitality – life is lost. Sadness affects not just vitality (qi disappears), immune function (yang qi moves to centre), and the lungs (we breath in but not so easily out) but also the whole upper burner including the heart. It can also affect the liver (through an overactive control cycle) producing agitation, muscle cramps, brittle hair and forgetfulness.
Levels of consciousness (Core emotion)
~ Sadness ~
Sadness weakens the Lungs and also affects the Heart.
“Sadness makes the Heart cramped and agitated, this pushes towards the lungs’ lobes, the Upper Burner becomes obstructed, Nutritive and Defensive Qi cannot circulate freely, Heat accumulates and dissolves Qi”.
Sadness includes the emotions of grief and regret.
The Lungs govern Qi and sadness depletes Qi.
Sadness manifests in a variety of symptoms, such as breathlessness, tiredness, a feeling of discomfort in the chest, depression or crying.