Emotionally, the spleen is expressed as support. When our emotional needs are met we feel supported. Sometimes we mistake a need for food with a lack of comfort or support, hence the term ‘comfort food’.
So keeping our spleen in shape, like we do our bodies, means maintaining strong spleen energy. The spleen responds well to sensual activities like stretching and massage. Hugs work too. Exercise, fresh air and routine all provide external support for the spleen.
There are many dietary recommendations for supporting the spleen in its digestive function. Most center around a positive relationship with food. Enjoying your food and being present and relaxed while eating as well as chewing well, avoiding overeating and diluting the spleen with too many fluids during a meal. Finally, seek to deconstruct cravings, eat locally and organic and not too late at night.
I challenge you to think about your spleen just as you would your daily exercise or meditation routine. Strive to not only keep your body in shape but also remember to support your spleen.
Source: Leggett, Daverick. “The Energetics of Food. The Journal of Chinese Medicine. January 1998. 56.