Yep, you heard me right. Your thymus is a small gland located in front of your heart and behind your sternum. According to the ancient Greeks (who knew everything), the thymos, or as it’s called today thymus, was the seat of the soul, volition, temperament, fortitude, and emotions.
"Thumping your thymus" is a method of gently tapping on the thymus gland to create vibrations that stimulate an increase in the maturation and release of white blood cells, and voilà, an instantaneous immune boost. The best way to activate it is to gently beat the chest just above the breastbone—like gorillas who do this spectacularly before a fight to strengthen their courage and self-confidence.
To find your thymus, locate your collar bone and position your finger on its end, near the hollow at the center of your neck. Keeping your finger just to the left of your sternum, slide your finger down to the spot just below your second upper rib. This is the area where you will tap. Bunch your fingertips together, or just use the flat of your hand.
You can thump in the middle of your chest with your fist (think Tarzan), or, you may want to rub softly or firmly or scratch with the fingers of your hand. Do this for about 20 seconds and breathe in and out—you can also add an affirmation such as "all is well in my world." You will know when you have activated the thymus gland as you will feel a little tingling or perhaps sudden feelings of joy and happiness—I know I do. Another hint is to do three thumps at a time, but emphasize the first thump more firmly to get you into a nice rhythm.
This is a lovely ritual to do every day to ensure your thymus gland, and hence your life energy, is activated. You can increase to several times a day if you are suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, or stress and allow this fresh chi to come alive. I always used to grasp my chest when I was anxious or in a stressful situation, but now I beat it like my favorite drum instead!