04 Dec Strengthening Your Chakras
When we think of the Chakras, our energy centres of the body, we can often find the whole subject quite esoteric, and that tuning into the chakras may involve hours of meditation and visualisation.
However, there are also simple, practical day to day activities which can help us to tune into our energy centres, and strengthen and balance the energy within each.
For Muladhara, housing the element of earth, we may want to spend time in nature, getting lots of fresh air, walking barefoot, connecting with and looking after the earth, recycling, gardening and looking after animals. The connection to the sense of smell in Muladhara, may lead us to aromatherapy oils, enjoying cooking, appreciating aroma. Its connection to the legs and feet, may encourage us to have a pedicure or foot massage, and to look after not just our physical body, but our home, taking time to de-clutter, and consciously resisting the urge to buy into materialism and mindless consumption, opting for a more simple life.
For Swaddisthana, housing the element of water, and associated with our sense of taste, our sensuality and creativity, we may want to spend time enjoying bathing, swimming, or being near the sea or rivers, as well as keeping ourselves hydrated. We may enjoy tasting our food more mindfully, enjoy sensual pleasures such as massage, and nurture our creative side by enrolling in a class where we learn to make something, or learn a new skill, enjoying new experiences rather than staying in our same routine.
For Manipura, housing the element of fire and associated with our sense of sight, with our digestive energy, and our sense of will, we may take time to source and cook our food, eat mindfully, take time to digest our experiences and regularly tune into our ‘gut feelings’. We may want to spend time in the sun, or by a fire, or gazing at candlelight. We may want to engage with our own sense of power, learn to say no, prioritise our own needs, and express ourselves when angry, joining a campaigning group to effect positive change in the world.
For Anahata, housing the element of air, associated with touch and the qualities of love and compassion, we may want to practise acts of kindness, both in thought and deed to ourselves and others, cultivating compassion, forgiveness and gratitude in our day to day life. We may enjoy breathing clean, fresh air, enjoy the touch and feel of things around us, enjoy massage, choose to volunteer and take time to express our feelings of love and affection to those close to us, appreciating the positive things in our life.
For Visshuddhi, housing the element of space, associated with our voice and communication, we may choose activities where we use our voice, such as singing, reciting poetry, public speaking or debating. We may take time to think of the effects of our words on others, make sure we both listen to others and express ourselves with clarity and truth, avoiding unnecessary chatter and gossip. We may enjoy listening to music, or appreciating the sounds of nature and contemplating the space within as we breathe, as well as the space in the universe.
For Ajna and Sahasrara, associated with the higher mind, and universal consciousness, we may practise mindfulness in our day to day activities, resting awareness in the present moment. We may develop our intuition by paying attention to inner guidance rather than acting on our habitual responses, practise observing our mind and habitual thoughts with a detached but open and non-judging curiosity. We may want to spend time appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world, appreciating beautiful music or art, allow ourselves to appreciate the wonder of the universe, being spontaneous and joyful when we can and reminding ourselves to see the bigger picture, when we become caught up in life’s dramas, tuning into our internal wisdom and guidance to keep us on our true path in life.
(more info on the Chakras can be found in Awakening the Chakras through Yoga by Claire Rodgers and Mamta Kanaber,2013 , Kalpaz Publications, now available on Amazon uk)