As I focus on finding balance in my life this year, I'm trying to look beyond what's in my usual "toolbox." I decided to step out of my comfort zone a bit . . . and enter a (new age-y) world.
Last month, I spent a lot of time researching chakras -- what they are; how they get "blocked;" how to "un-block" them; how they work to establish balance.
Now. Before going any further . . . let's just establish my boundaries here. I tend to be a very pragmatic person, rooted in the here-and-now. I'm not a fan of fantasy. When it comes to religion, well . . . let's just say I have a healthy skepticism. And I'm pretty firmly stuck in "Western thinking."
Still. I'm open. I like to explore. And I definitely think there are "higher powers" out there. I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe in abundance mentality. I practice yoga and meditation.
Why not balance my chakras?
I did a lot of research and reading about chakras. (And . . . there is a lot of kooky stuff out there. Just sayin.) I "filtered" my research to be very practical and Western-friendly. (I ended up buying and reading one book - Healing Chakras by Ilchi Lee. And while it was mystical enough to induce some eye-rolling on my part, it was also fairly straightforward with good explanations and suggestions.)
I created a Pinterest board (because of course I would).
And I purchased a set of chakra stones (Etsy).
Here's a bit of what I learned:
- First, suspend Western thinking and judgement!
- The concept of chakras has been around for thousands of years and across cultures.
- Chakras are 7 "energy centers" in the body. Each chakra is associated with a different set of bodily organs and systems. Energy flows through your body, through the chakras.
- These 7 chakras also represent particular parts of consciousness -- the mind/body connection.
- While the existence of chakras is not scientifically proven, most people have experienced them at some point in their lives. (For example, anxiety is often felt in the stomach, stress manifests itself as a headache, relationship problems can cause heartache, etc.)
Of course, there's a lot more to it, but that's enough to give you a general sense.
Things can get a little . . . weird . . . in reading/learning about chakras! But, for me, I really like the concept (in a practical sense), and I'm looking for ways to embrace the whole chakra thing in my own daily practice as I seek balance.
Chakra affirmations work particularly well with meditation practice -- furthering positive thinking and creating healing energy. Because there are 7 chakras . . . and 7 days of the week . . . I'm focusing on one chakra each day as part of my meditation practice. There are yoga poses associated with each of the chakras, so I make sure to include those poses in my yoga practice. This is a great way for me to keep my mind/body connection in mind every day.
I really like having the stones (each stone represents one of the chakras) as tangible symbols of my intent. And, speaking of symbols -- I even found some "chakra earrings" that I love wearing these days. (You can see them in this picture of me from last weekend.) (Looking so balanced, non?)
So. I stepped way out of my box and learned all about something new last month. I never dreamed I'd be blogging about balancing my chakras, but there you go.
(And, really, that's what it's all about!)