Monday, May 19, 2014

Finding harmony, and getting back on track

I'm so zen right now. I had a spa day yesterday with a glorious massage and QT with the sauna, and did a workshop today that was a focus on finding balance using essential oils for each of the seve. Chakras and the harmony of singing bowls. So yeah... Zen with a capital "Z"

I have to say, though, in addition to the state of relaxation and harmony I am in currently, this has also sparked a bit of interest in this ancient history. Chakra means “wheel”; a vortex of vibration, light and energy. A chakra point is where two lines of energy cross. Chakras are believed to be the "centers of energy" in the body. There are hundreds but seven of them are considered to be the most important. Each center is linked to several aspects of our lives, and issues in the chakra energies may result in issues in these areas of life. Each major chakra relates to a different gland.

Learn where the chakras are located and the state of consciousness they represent. Then pay attention at any given moment to where you are, what you are thinking and where others are. Awareness and understanding is the first step. Do not be harsh or judge yourself or others. Be kind and know that at any moment we can change; we can choose what we put our attention on and what we think. Balancing chakras is a matter of realizing where our consciousness is; what we focus on, where our thought is throughout the day. If we find through observation that we spend much of our time worrying about survival needs (1st seal), emotionally distraught (2nd seal) or in a power struggle (3rd seal), we can intentionally bring balance to our energy body by choosing to spend some time feeling love (towards a pet, a child or a beautiful sunset (4th seal), expressing our truth and our love (5th seal) or meditating/listening for intuition, guidance and inspiration (6th seal). 

Root Chakra
If you spend much of your time thinking about sex your energy will be concentrated in the first seal. This center is located at the perineum, the base of the spine. It is represented by the element earth. Are you... feeling unsafe or insecure? afraid of something? worried about what is about to happen? Focus on the first seal can help alleviate these issues.

Sacral Chakra
This chakra known as the second seal, is located in the lower abdomen. It is related to pain, the emotions (fear, anger, frustration, depression, guilt, hatred, blame, worry, doubt etc…) and the water element. Do you give yourself the freedom to be yourself? Are you... dependent on someone else? feeling obliged or holding back? relying on someone for something and afraid you may not get it? Focus on the second seal can help alleviate these issues.

Solar Plexus Chakra
The third seal is where the victim/tyrant dynamic plays out. It is located in the solar plexus area (just below the sternum and above the belly button). It is represented by the element fire and the color yellow. Are you... worried what someone thinks about you? over analysing something? hiding your true feelings behind excessive sarcasm? being notably pessimistic? worried about the future or in despair over something? lacking in courage? Focus on the third seal can help alleviate these issues.

Heart Chakra
The fourth seal is one of unconditional love, deeply felt yet not expressed in words. In some traditions its color is green and in others violet blue. It is located in the center of the chest, just to the right of the physical heart. The fourth chakra is represented by the element air. It is known as bridge consciousness because it is located in the center, between the upper and the lower chakras; it is the link between the lower states of consciousness and the higher states of consciousness. Are you... having issues in regards to being unconditional? feeling hurt emotionally? facing issues accepting someone or yourself as you are? feeling jealous or bitter about something? lacking in generosity? Focus on the fourth seal can help alleviate these issues.

Throat Chakra
The fifth seal is one of unconditional love... expressed. This level relates to sound, our voice, expressing ourselves clearly and stating our intentions out into the world. It is about speaking our truth. Its location is the neck and is related to the element of space. It relates to the process of manifestation: first, we have a thought- if we want to bring this inspiration into form, at some point we must verbalize this idea. Are you... keeping things to yourself? afraid of the truth? Of speaking it? having trouble doing something you want to do? Do you... feel your opinions can not be voiced? feel that you are not being true to yourself? have something to say, but not sure how to say it? Focus on the fifth seal can help alleviate these issues.

Third Eye Chakra
The sixth seal is the contact point between the mind of God and the individual mind. It is a sending and receiving station; a transmitter and receiver of telepathic communications. This is seen in the individual who is clairvoyant (the ability to perceive beyond the five senses). This chakra is located in the center of the head and is related to the element light. The chakras meditation below as well as many other forms of meditation will strengthen and balance this seal. Are you... having trouble trusting yourself or your intuition? feeling distracted or having problems focusing on something? Do you feel a little lost? Is there something else you would rather be doing? Focus on the sixth seal can help alleviate these issues.

Crown Chakra
The seventh seal is the state of consciousness of enlightenment which is an experience masters throughout the ages have struggled to put words to due to the limited nature of language. It is an experience and words only point to the experience. Enlightenment is the awakening of the full potential of the human being; some say it has the power of immortality; others say it is a state of mind that is completely unlimited, not bound by time or space. The energy of an enlightened master is situated in the seventh seal, at the crown of the head. Are you... having trouble accepting something? feeling superior? hoping for a different outcome to something? Are your judgements based on facts? Do you feel a lack of enthusiasm to live your life? Focus on the seventh seal can help alleviate these issues.

Ok so that's what my research has provided me. I got this info from a variety if spots in the www. Great articles. This makes me happy and I intend to keep my life and energy in order. 

Another thing I plan to do in the near future is to post my "food journal" on as close of a daily basis as possible. Not just new recipes (but that will be the bonus!) but also I think to hold myself accountable to this lifestyle {NOT a diet} is to show everyone what I eat all day. Flubs and all. 

So starting today that's what I will do:

  • coffee with packet stevia in the raw and "so delicious" coconut creamer
  • Shakeology chocolate with unsweetened chocolate almond milk, frozen raspberries, chia seeds 

  • arugula salad tossed with lemon juice, topped with sliced beefsteak tomatoes and guacamole tuna {tuna mashed with minced garlic, white wine vinegar, lemon juice and avocado- similar to the "deviled avocado" recipe}, topped with chopped crispy bacon, chives and dill. *note: so SO good*
  • basil, lemon, and blueberry infused ice water 

  • 80/20 grass fed beef patty seasoned wth garlic and onion powder. Topped with one slice provolone {not strict Paleo} served with beefsteak tomato and white onion slices and on iceberg lettuce. I had relish and Dijon mustard on it too. 
  • sweet potato fries baked with coconut oil at 425 for 20 mins 
  • a tiny bit if Caesar salad {oops...totes not Paleo, but totes delish}
  • 1 glass Cabernet 

And on that note....goodnight moon! 

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