The Crown Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 11.24.34 AMThe Crown Chakra means “thousand petaled”. It is our knowledge, wisdom and connection to everything. The crown center of the chakra system is an energetic center found at the crown of the head and above. If its depleted, you may feel a lack of purpose in life, disconnected from your higher power and spiritual life.

You may find that the crown chakra is over functioning when you tend to have an addiction to the spiritual life, have a god complex or feeling “out there”.

Here are a few ideas to balance the crown chakra:

  • Praying
  • Balancing grounding and your spiritual side
  • Meditation
  • Connecting with the Earth and Spirit world
  • Reading and Learning

The Third Eye Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 11.17.07 AMHave you ever had a dream and then it has come true? Ever felt something was going to happen and it does, even without you having proof it would? This is your Third Eye Chakra. The third eye center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the above and between the brow line. If its depleted, you may feel closed off to your intuition, memory problems or disconnected from the mind.

You may find that the third eye chakra is over functioning when you are feeling disconnected from reality, headaches, hallucinations, or a racing mind.
Here are a few ideas to balance the third eye chakra:

  • Guided Visualizations
  • Prayer
  • Reiki
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

The Throat Chakra

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The Throat Chakra represents all that is expressive; your communication center. The Throat center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the throat area. If its depleted, you may find yourself not able to speak your truth or feeling “shut up”.

You may find that the throat chakra is over functioning when you are speaking with aggression or unkindness or forcing your beliefs.
Here are a few ideas to balance the heart chakra:

  • Sing
  • Chanting
  • Write or journal
  • Take a speaking class
  • Practice kind affirmations that guide your speech
  • Do artwork or any way to express yourself besides your voice

The Heart Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 9.35.48 AMKindness, love, no strings attached…. ah, the Heart Chakra. The Heart center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the general heart area. If its depleted, you may feel depressed, angry, judgmental and lacking in love towards yourself and others.
You may find that the heart chakra is over functioning when you are feeling dependent, clingy, and looking for constant acceptance from others.
Here are a few ideas to balance the heart chakra:

  • Cooking nutritious foods for yourself
  • “Pampering” yourself
  • Self-reiki
  • Practicing self-love
  • Loving affirmations
  • Volunteering

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 7.56.46 PMWhen you are moving forward in solid intentions, you are “flexing” your Solar Plexus Chakra. The Solar Plexus center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the area above the navel and below the diaphragm. If its depleted, you may have low self-esteem, weak or indecisive.

If you are finding yourself controlling, stubborn, or angry, you may find that the solar plexus chakra is over functioning.
Here are a few ideas to balance the sacral chakra:

  • Breath work
  • Practicing Beliefs in kind ways
  • Affirmations
  • Core Strengthening
  • Trusting your gut

The Sacral Chakra

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The moments when we take care of ourselves (body, mind and spirit) is the space inside the Sacral Chakra. The Sacral center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the sacrum and lower belly. If its depleted, you may feel stressed or worn down.
If you find yourself clinging to unhealthy habits and addictions, you may find that the sacral chakra is over functioning.
Here are a few ideas to balance the sacral chakra:

  • Get a massage
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals
  • Create art or journal
  • Get in touch with you pleasures

The Root Chakra

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 10.22.46 AMDo you sometimes feel “out of body”, fearful, flighty, insecure? That might be your Root chakra needing a little attention. The Root of the chakra system is an energetic center found at the base of the spine.
If you find yourself becoming a little too self-centered or materialistic, you may find that the root is over functioning.
Here are a few ideas to balance the root chakra:

  • Go outside, kick your shoes off and really ground yourself in the grass, dirt or sand.
  • Yoga
  • Grounding guided meditations
  • Eat a plant-based meal with protein
  • Get a massage
  • Dance!

A Red Tent Series: Women’s Self-Care Part 5

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We’ve come to the end of the series, but hopefully the beginning of a new care plan for you! The Red Tent series discussed Grounding, Cleansing, Loving, Creating and the final, Listening.

Listening to your self may sound like an odd practice, but it is one of the most important. When we listen to our selves, we listen to spirit and our connection to everything. One way we may listen to ourself is to participate in Guided Meditation. This can be through recordings of other people speaking or you may record yourself speaking to listen to later. Here is a short guided meditation you may record and use for yourself. Say these words softly and slowly, breathing fully between each sentence.

Come to a relaxing position, whether sitting in a chair, on the floor or lying down. Allow any thoughts to pass through your mind without attachment. Acknowledge they are there then bring yourself to your breath.
Rest your eyes and take a deep, diaphragmatic breath in… counting to 3, then slowly exhaling. Continue each breath as filling your lungs and down to the belly, then slowly exhaling. 
Start to relax each body part. 
Contract your forehead and face…then release.
Contract your shoulders upward…then release.
Contract your hands and arms… and release.
Contract your belly and back…and release.
Contract your legs…and release.
Contract your feet and toes…and release.
Feel your entire body fully relaxed.
Now that your body is relaxed, your mind is relaxed.
Take 3 slow, deep breaths then slowly open your eyes.

Can you think of some other ways to listen?

Meditation (click here for the MANY ways to meditate)
-Guided Imagery
-Prayer
-Music (playing or listening)
-Crystal Singing Bowls

A Red Tent Series: Women’s Self-Care Part 4

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I hope you are enjoying this Red Tent journey through self-care. There are so many ways to show your self you care. In this post, we will delve a bit into creating.  You don’t have to be an arts and crafts to create, it can mean so many things!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Journaling
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Paint
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Sewing
  • Embroidering
  • sketching
  • sculpting
  • jewelry making
  • Composing
  • Singing
  • Playing an instrument
  • Teaching
  • Herbalism
  • Aromatherapy

This is just a start. Think of something that brings you joy that you create.

Here is something you can create whether you are an artist or not:

Find a few smooth flat rocks.
Get out your paints and paint designs onto them.
Paint different colored dots or stripes.
Then add them to your personal altar at home or in the Red Tent. .
Do what makes you feel most creative!