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Balance . . . And Now For Something Completely Different

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.

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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.

So.

Why not balance my chakras?

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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.

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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?)

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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.

Balance.

(And, really, that's what it's all about!)

 

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Carole

This is not a subject I know anything about but you know I'm completely committed to meditating - it has changed my life. You've got me curious about chakras now.

Vera

Great post Kym. Like you, I'm intrigued with the idea and, perhaps, a tad bit skeptical at times. My yoga teacher periodically gives a free lecture on chakras -- understanding them, balancing, etc. Some of it is a bit over the new-age-y line, but I found it interesting. Bottom line for me - whatever works for bringing peace (and balance) is a good thing. And, your earrings are great!! And I still love your cairn.

Bonny

Interesting! I'm a very pragmatic, scientific, show-me-the-research type of person, but like you said, that also means being open to new points of view. My sil is a family practice physician, and when she got an AMA certification in acupuncture I asked her why. She said she could not just ignore things (chi, acupuncture, herbs, etc.) that have worked for millions of people for thousands of years. Me neither, and if nothing else, the stones are pretty!

Jo

Hummm...you have definitely piqued my curiosity!

Patty

My co-worker wore her chakra necklace the other day and opened my eyes to a whole new world. Not that I've done anything with it but I have done some reading and have considered purchasing a necklace myself. I do think there is certainly something to this!

Vicki

I'm pretty sure Pragmatic is my middle name. I hit a wall with researching stuff like this... I just can't read about it! I am familiar, though, as my brother was learning about it a few years ago.

I love those earrings, and that photo is a hoot! ;)

margene

I sit with Vicki, but I have been many yoga classes that focused on chakra work and I found it interesting. It never hurts to explore and learn the practices of cultures around our globe!

Juliann

So interesting to read this post this afternoon as I am getting ready to go to a new to m yoga class - meditation for stress relief. Look forward to hearing how this helps you balance.

AsKatKnits

Tres balanced! I think learning is always a good thing! (Even with a healthy dose of eyerolling!) XO

Mary

ah, so much of what I love about you is wrapped up into this - curiosity, practicality, mindfulness, openness, a bit of risk-taking ... and a huge sense of fun. I can't think of a better way to find balance! (and of course I look forward to following along. vicariously ;-)

shirley

I've been reading your blog via Ravelry and wanted to pop into comments to say "thank you". Such interesting, connective stuff. I'm really enjoying your posts!

kmkat

I am impressed at your pragmatic, reality-based approach to this, and I look forward to reading about your progress and/or impressions of its efficacy. (another pragmatic, reality-based person here)

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