Greetings Fellow Fast Minds,
I hope wherever you are, the weather is beautiful! I am on the east coast (Philly) and the weather has been quite outstanding. Just a few updates with me, it’s crazy how much can happen in one month! I am all moved in to my new city and apartment. It was a laborious move (just my boyfriend and I haulin’ and installin’), but it was totally worth it and I am falling in love with my new neighborhood.
Another quick update, I got an adorable puppy. His name is Timber and he is a German Shepard/Boxer mix. He is everything I could imagine in a puppy, the eyes, the big goofy paws, and the awesome personality. Since I have been taking the month of April off of work to transition, I have been dedicating lots of time to his training and assimilation to the city life. I can’t wait to have him as a running buddy once he’s full grown. Here is a picture of Timber:
Although I haven’t been working, I have been attending yoga school and applying non-stop to positions to get me through my training. I often obsess a bit over the process and finding the right fit for Timber and I. Since I had to write a paper on balancing the chakras, I decided to try it myself to ease into the new routine and lifestyle.
For those who are not familiar, chakras are energy centers in the body and there are seven of them. They are affected by our emotional events as well as physical, and when out of balance, can make you feel all sorts of different negative symptoms, such as: depression, anxiety, fatigue, self-doubt, instability, disconnected, and the list goes on. When I was struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about a year ago, a psychic told me my third chakra was so blocked that she could see it through my shirt. This is an extreme example, and not to say psychics are always legit, but I needed a chakra cleanse for sure! And since I couldn’t afford the chakra cleanse the psychic suggested, I decided to research chakra healing on my own. I recently re- discovered them when I was assigned to write a paper on them for my yoga training.
For each month here on out, I want to focus on one chakra and healing exercises that can be done for each, until we cover them all. Today, I want to share a quick chakra meditation that can be done to help balance and heal each energy center. This meditation could take five minutes or twenty, depending on how long you would like to spend on each chakra. See below:
Find a Comfortable seat on the floor or in a chair. Close your eyes and begin to notice the natural rhythm of your breath. If it is extra fast, try to bring it down by taking deeper breaths and focusing on your exhale. Once your breathing is steady and comfortable, bring your attention to your root chakra. This is located at the base of the spine. Notice how your body feels against the floor or chair. Breath deeply into the the region below the base of the spine and imagine a red light shining on this region (root chakra is associated with the color red, each chakra is associated with a special color). Do you feel grounded today? When our root chakra is balanced and healthy, we feel grounded and stable.
Next, bring your attention to the second chakra, the sacral chakra. This energy center is located two inches below the navel and is associated with sexuality and the health of the senses and sex organs. Imagine an orange light shining on your pelvic area all the way to the bottom of your bellybutton. Breathe in and notice any smells, sounds, tastes, and feelings, and exhale completely.
Moving right along to the third chakra, which is the solar plexus. Bring your attention to the stomach area. This chakra deals with self-esteem and can make us feel very depressed when out of balance. Notice a yellow fiery light shining into you stomach and inhale, draw your shoulders up and back, exhale confidence and true being-ness.
The fourth chakra is the heart chakra, and you guessed it, it’s the energy center of love ❤ . Inhale and imagine a green light shining through your heart center and exhale passion, compassion and feelings of love. It sometimes helps to visualize faces of people you really love during this part of the meditation.
The fifth chakra is the throat chakra and is where our good communication skills (or lack thereof) comes from. It helps to make noises to wake this chakra energy up. Take an inhale and on the exhale, let out a long OHHMMMMMM sound. Feel the vibrations massaging this chakra and relax. Repeat as many times as you would like until your chakra feels balanced.
The second to last chakra is the third eye. This has become a common symbol on shirts an signs. The third eye is where our intuition lies. As you inhale and exhale, visualize your third eye, located between your eyebrows, with your eyes closed. Take a few breaths, imagining that you are tuning up your ability to perceive things the right way.
Last, but not least, the last and final chakra is the crown chakra. It is located on the top (crown) of the head and is the most spiritual of all the chakras. Imagine a violet light shining from the crown of your head, all the way down throughout your body. Sit in peace and release your focus so you are just breathing. If you are a spiritual person, feel the connection with the divine. Take as much time as you need here before opening your eyes.
If you have never heard of the chakra theory, its worth a little extra research! Bob Butera breaks them down nicely in his book, The Pure Heart of Yoga, which can be purchased via this link: click here. You can also just do a google search and quickly learn more about chakra theory and the healing affects it has on the body. Spring is a fun season to begin doing chakra work, because it’s like a spring cleaning for your body and mind!
Let me know if you have any additional questions on the meditation practice above and I will post more on the chakra cleansing throughout the season!
Happy Spring! Wishing everyone lots of energy and positive vibes as always 🙂
Lots of heart chakra love,