meditation

Demystifying the Chakras

By now you’ve probably heard many people talking about Chakras. They say things like “My Chakras are out of alignment,” or “I need to heal my Heart Chakra.” But what exactly are the Chakras, and how to they affect you?

All the universe is made up of energy, and your body is no exception. The seven Chakras play a vital role in the health and well-being of your body, mind and spirit.

For millennia, people have been aware of the energy inside all living things. They decided to name this energy Chakras. There are seven Chakras that spin, like a wheel (the Sanskrit word Chakra means wheel), from the base of your spine to the top of your head. When you are feeling good, healthy and positive the Chakras are in alignment: they are providing just the right amount of energy to every part of your body, mind and spirit. When you are feeling depressed, sick or negative one or more of your Chakras is blocked or moving too slowly.

By learning about the seven Chakras and what they do, you can become more in tune with your body and live a healthier, more authentic life. This month we will dive into each of the seven Chakras. We’ll discover two new Chakras each week and learn how they affect your body, mind and spirit. We’ll also learn how to keep them free of blockages and what to do when they DO become blocked or spin too slowly.

I am SO EXCITED to share this information with you!!

Namaste friends,

Michelle

Creating and Maintaining a Self-Care Routine

Most of us know that we should have a self-care routine. But what exactly is self-care? And how can you make a habit of sticking with it?

According to Raphailia Michael, “self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” These activities should be things you love to do, not ones you feel you should be doing. What do you truly love? Reading? Yoga? Meditation? Walking? The key is to pick things you love so you will stick with your routine and lead a beautifully balanced life. I personally need a mix of physical and spiritual activity, so my routine includes both:

Daily: five minutes of yoga in the morning, 30 minutes of rage journal and meditation at night, 30 minutes of reading at night

Three times a week: 30 minutes at 9round

Monthly: one hour acupuncture, two hours phone conversation with spiritual mentor

How much time are you willing to dedicate to your self-care routine? Planning and scheduling times and activities will help you stick with it. Start small: if you have never done this before, I suggest picking small blocks of time - no more than 10 minutes in the morning and evening. For example, if walking and reading are two things you adore, your self-care routine would look like this:

10 minutes walk in the morning, 10 minutes reading at night

Once you are comfortable with the time, you can increase it and/or add other activities. Remember, the goal here is to help your body recharge and relax, so keep it simple until you are ready for more. Here are just a few activities that you might consider as part of your self-care routine:

take a bath create a vision board bullet journal yoga meditate go for a walk

do a face mask look at old photos dance around your house cook watch a movie

organize something knit, crochet, cross-stitch read garden take an online class

blog get acupuncture cuddle your fur babies listen to podcasts play a board game

I am SO EXCITED to see what your self-care routine will look like. Please comment on my Facebook page or below.

Namaste,

Michelle

Creating Your Private Sanctuary

We hear a lot about the benefits of meditation. A regular meditation practice can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; all while increasing happiness and focus. There are many ways to meditate: sitting, standing, walking in nature, gardening, Tai Chi, or even dancing. Engaging in any of these activities--as long as you are focusing on being present--will bring about a calmer state of mind and inner peace. In addition, many of them can be done just about anywhere.

But what about when you need time just to sit and think? I often feel a need to "get away" from things in general and immerse myself in my private sanctuary. This is what I call my meditation space--an area in my home with one purpose: to act as an oasis, a safe haven for me. The key to creating this space is fairly simple: do what feels awesome for you. So how do you create a private sanctuary? Follow these easy steps to make or enhance your space:

1.  Choose a space that makes you feel good.  Think about natural light, traffic, and noises. The area you are creating will be used for quiet contemplation, so really take some time with this decision. It does not necessarily have to be a whole room, although it certainly could be. Mine is in a guest bedroom, between our daybed and the wall: not huge by any means! If it's a small space within a room, you can create more privacy with a screen or curtain: whatever makes you feel good.

2.  Keep the space and the room it's in simple and uncluttered.  Keeping my space uncluttered is easy (unless it's right after a trip to the crystal shop!), but maintaining that for the guest bedroom is sometimes a challenge. Choose items that are meaningful, positive, and beautiful to keep in your space. The old adage less is more is true here. Consider altars you might see in a church or synagogue: full of purpose, beauty, and significance. Hold this same standard for your private oasis.

3.  Consider your needs.  Where will you sit? A chair, meditation pillow, or bench may be needed. What about music? If you choose not to use your phone for this, plan out a space for a radio or CD player. Perhaps you like the thought of using essential oils when you meditate. Visualize yourself in this space and what you will need to make it a blissful experience.

The tools to create a private space are in your hands.  Set your intention to creating your area and make it happen!  I would love to hear about your journey in creating your beautiful sanctuary.