Getting to Know My Chakras

 

Meditation is helping. I am calmer and have more organized thoughts. I wondered what other tools there are for me and others to use. Many years ago I studied reflexology, became a practitioner and was aware of, and able to, stroke auras. This was before such “out of the box” practices were the norm and I was a little embarrassed by my interest so I tended to hide it from most of my acquaintances. I used reflexology sparingly but became adept at stroking bad energy away from those on whom I practiced. It was never a successful business venture and I didn’t keep up the practice. Fast forward to now and I wish I had continued to do reflexology and study even more about the metaphysical.

My meditation routine has really helped with concentration and ability to stay calm and focused (most of the time). The next logical step for me, was to go deeper into how and why these practices work. So I’ve begun learning about our chakras, their purpose and how to maintain balance in my life.

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A very basic sketch of the position of our seven basic chakras

This rough sketch shows the seven major chakras. Since these are the most important ones, I decided to start here. Much more information can be found on the other chakra areas but these are the ones to start with as a beginner.

The first (1) is the Root Chakra, named I think, because it is at the base of the spine in the tailbone area, the “root” of the body. This is our foundation and enhances one’s feeling of being grounded. It is responsible for survival issues such as financial independence, money and food.

Second is the Sacral Chakra located at the lower abdomen about two inches below the navel and two inches in. It helps connect with the people around us, our ability to accept others and to accept new experiences. It also contributes to our sense of abundance, well being, pleasure and sexuality.

Our third chakra is the Solar Plexus. It is the located at the upper abdomen in the stomach area. This one gives us the ability to be confident and in control. Through this chakra we  have self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.

The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra. This is located at the centre of the chest, just above the heart. As you would expect it is responsible for our ability to love. Joy, inner peace as well as love come from this chakra.

Next on the list is the Throat Chakra, located of course in the throat. It gives us the ability to communicate. It is responsible for self-expression and truth.

Our sixth chakra is the Third Eye. It is located on the forehead between the brows. The ability to focus on issues and see the big picture comes from the third eye chakra. It is responsible for intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions.

Finally we have the Crown Chakra. Situated at the very top of the head, it is the highest chakra and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. It also gives us our inner and outer beauty and pure bliss.

 

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Calm & Relaxed

 

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As I mentioned in my previous blog, I decided to start meditating. It’s not something I know a lot about but because I felt so scattered, I thought I could really benefit from this. I want to be able to focus on the task at hand and not have my thoughts dash off somewhere else in the middle of something. I am an early riser so I can set aside that time and do my meditation without interruption. Now for the big question; how do I do this?

In my younger days I did some yoga but that really was just for laughs with some friends and I never really took the instructions about meditation seriously. Fast forward to the present and I am much older and physically unable to assume the “lotus” or any other position and I haven’t found a “yoga for mature adults” class yet. I’m not riddled with arthritis and I haven’t had any joint replacement surgery yet but the old hips and knees just don’t bend the way they used to. The mind is willing but the body is weak! Still I refused to fall back on the excuse that I’m too old to do this. I love  Google and started to search meditation how to’s. Every site told me I had to sit on my mat on the floor & assume the lotus position. I was getting discouraged until I found one that said it didn’t matter where I was or how I sat as long as it was quiet and I could be comfortable. Finally a site that understands what it’s like! So now I can sit on the side of the bed or on a low chair or stool. My mother-in-law has a low tub chair that she doesn’t use in the tub anymore and it’s a perfect height. I think I’ll get myself one though I know I’ll have to pretty it up a bit. An oversized pillow might work too, or one of those beanbag chairs. It all depends on how close to the floor you want to be and how comfortable you are there.

My meditation is very simple and when I’m finished I am calm and relaxed and ready to go about my daily tasks. Once comfortably seated, I do cross my legs at the ankles and keep my back straight. This opens up my breathing and allows me to concentrate on the meditation. I place my left hand, palm up, about four finger widths below my navel. Then the right hand palm up on my left and bring my thumbs together resting them at my navel. Sitting up straight helps place my hands in their correct position.

I start with breathing, slowly inhale and exhale through my nose. No deep mouth breathing or chanting is necessary because it’s what your mind is telling you not the rest of your body. Once I have levelled my breathing, I start to picture the fresh breaths in as white, pure energy and the breathing out as the dark, negative energy flowing out.  This is repeated for at least twenty-one breaths. Then I start to visualize successfully completing my main tasks for the day. By the time I’m finished the breathing portion, I am ready to organize my list for the day and I no longer worry about getting everything done or what to do first. Somehow I am able to put activities in order of importance and even better I get things done!

I really think that this simple meditation exercise has resulted in a much more calm and relaxed me. I am blogging again, I’ve started writing fiction again, I have placed exercise at the top of my daily list, just to name a few of the things I enjoy but wasn’t making time for on a daily basis.

I’d love to know your thoughts on meditation so comment away and share with others who may benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retirement, My Story – What Now

Life-of-Pix-free-stock-photos-cove-wave-rocks-sea-beachmuser I actually retired five years ago and it was such an exciting time! The very hard work was done, studying, working hard at my career, raising my family, those were all ticks in the “accomplished” box, and I was about to reap the benefits of all those years. My house would now be spotlessly clean – every day, and we would eat gourmet meals prepared by yours truly. My craft room/office (I use the term loosely) would become a well organized, efficient workplace. I would enjoy sitting in my perfectly planned and tended garden while writing my first full length novel. What the heck happened?!? I still hate doing housework, can’t find what I want in the craft room, have been known to eat candy and chocolate for dinner if hubby isn’t home and writing a novel of fifty thousand words is a daunting task.

My retirement life took a different path from the one I envisioned. I had long been interested in politics so I joined my preferred party and decided to run as their candidate in my area. Don’t worry, I won”t try to sway you to any political bent, it is simply a part of my life, one that I enjoy and I’ll remain a very interested participant. Suffice it to say, politics took over for a while. There was so much to learn and study, people of all ages to meet and talk with, and many, many hands to shake. I enjoyed this experience most of the time. Though I wasn’t successful in my riding, it was a great life experience.

At the time of my retirement, my husband was still working four or five days a week so I did have many hours to fill on my own. Coffee or lunch with friends, shopping, and then the Internet became a vital part of my life. That sounds strange but it was a way to connect with people I hadn’t seen since childhood. My relatives are spread across this huge country so catching up with all those cousins has been great. Hours literally fly by while I chat, research, or play.

Being retired means I can do what I want when I want – sort of. There are still bills to pay, meals to plan, and housework to do. But there’s also the joy of watching grandchildren grow if you’re lucky enough to have them. You can put off until tomorrow, things that could have been done today. You can hop in your car and run away for the day, the weekend, or even longer. You can pop into the old workplace, that will reinforce why you retired in the first place, but take cookies so they’ll remember you.

Not only did all my hard work get me to this point, but this, my retirement, really is a nice benefit of aging. Please join me on my journey.