The nose is the flower of the Lungs
The nose is the sense organ of the Lungs.
Every organ system has an associated sense organ. Classical Chinese medicine is more poetic, and writes that these sense organs are the “flowers” of the associated organ system. Since the lungs are all about breathing, it is easy to understand that the nose is the flower of the lungs.
When we inhale, we inhale Qi as well as oxygen. When we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide, as well as “used up” Qi. Qi (“chee”) is energy.
Our overall vitality reflects the quality, quantity, and flow of Qi throughout the meridian system. By exercising our breath, we nourish our lung organ system and increase our vitality. Gentle movement, such as taking a walk, exercises the breath.
Another simple practice is to take a few moments to feel your breath entering your nose and then follow that sensation down into your lungs. This may take some practice but stay with it and you will get the hang of it. While you inhale, experiment with sensing the Qi coming in with the breath. While you exhale, try to envision the used Qi moving out of your nose.
Do you have a favorite breathing practice? I’d love to know what it is. Feel free to share in the comments below.