Introduction Guide – Rebalancing the Chakras

Crown chakra – Sahasrara

Yoga is a philosophy, a practice and a set of principles to awaken the divine nature of the soul. This awakening is not a sudden moment, it is a gradual process, a little awakening that takes place each day.
Your body awakens as you develop strength and flexibility. You gain inner spaciousness by practicing increasing your breath capacity. Clarity increases as you still your mind and wisdom awakens as you study and grow and peace and happiness increase as you come into harmony with yourself and your surroundings.

As your inner world transforms, so will your life change as well. And slowly the distinction between your inner and outer world will fade away and you realize there is no separation within yourself and with other people and you have reached union of body, mind and soul. This is the ultimate goal of yoga.

The key to this change is cultivating consciousness. For this we need attention. If you put attention on something it will grow. If you focus on your feelings, you will notice happiness or sadness, if you focus on aligning your body you feel your muscles, if you focus on universal truths such as love, you begin to see the underlying source of everything. Learning to improve and focus your attention is the starting point.

As the seat of divine awareness, the crown chakra connects us to the eternal.
The colour of this chakra is purple and it is placed at the top of your head.

Assess your crown chakra:

A balanced chakra lets you live in the now, and trust that you are being guided by the universe. You will feel a sense of serenity and wholeness despite what is happening around you. You understand that impermanence is a part of life and we are all constantly changing.

An excessive chakra could lead to spiritual addiction. You could become overly intellectual or extremely religious. if you have an excessive crown chakra you might be prone to egotism, greed, or mental confusion.
A deficient chakra can result in (seasonal) depression, feelings of disconnection to the rest of the world or you have very rigid or unrealistic thoughts on how you think the world should be. You will be more prone to feelings such as apathy, loneliness, and chronic fatigue.

Inspiration

Look inwards

1. Start increasing your attention with the little things you do every day. Look around you, see colours, details, the road you took. Increase mindfulness in your life.
2. Stop believing your limiting thoughts and start the Work of Byron Katie.
3. Identify any areas of ignorance or prejudice that you might possess (this takes the courage to be honest with yourself), and deepen your education in these areas.
4. Declutter your life. See what you don’t need any more or what you can donate. A clean house is an empty mind.

Questions to ask yourself:

Power up your chakra with essential oils and the right foods

Essential oils:

Lemongrass, fennel, coriander, lime, frankincense, lemon

Foods:

Banana, pineapple, lemons, lentils, chickpeas, ginger, cinnamon

How I did it – “Back off, my friend”

Meditate, meditate, meditate. 21 days after I finally surrendered to a twice daily meditation practice was the day I found inner peace. I sensed a calmness I had never experienced before. It felt like a natural high.

I have been meditating on and off for a few years with the help of YouTube but it was only when I started transcendental meditation I found my inner calm. What started out as an obligation with thoughts racing through my head ranging from “Am I doing this right” to “what’ shall I have for dinner” to “I feel enormous amounts of undefined sadness” has ended up as an essential self-care and self-love routine. I was able to distance myself from thoughts, emotions and feelings that were ruminating through my mind and became an observer of myself. When you have some distance and see you are not your emotions, you can slowly investigate all of these thoughts, feelings and emotions.

I was working in a very stressful environment where relationships were superficial and judgement quickly uttered. Living the fast-paced lifestyle most of us have these days, I was always in a hurry and stress and anxiety became a part of my life I thought I just had to deal with. On top of that being a highly sensitive person and an empath I often felt the odd one out. I missed a sense of connection and I have often thought what’s the meaning of my life?

So often we are our own worst enemy. The self- critical voice in our head that does not stop judging ourselves, believing other people’s opinions, worrying about the future, thinking about the past can become so loud that we think it is all true. Although a part of these thoughts serve a cause, it can also distract us from reaching our full potential and it can cause us to go into denial, retreating from the world or go into self-destructive behaviours.

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s it is written that the goal of yoga is ‘Chitta vritti nirodhah’ or to become a master of your mind and to see your thoughts for what they are; ‘fluctuations of the mind which will come and go, just like waves in the ocean’. Yoga is the stilling of the mind so that it can rest and we can experience life as it is. When our lenses become clear and we are not cluttered by judgment, we see things for what they really are and we can become one with everything.

This is how we can understand the universe by understanding ourselves, and vice a versa. The Whole is One and the One is the Whole.

For me this is why I do Yoga. I no longer feel I am separated and isolated from other human beings because I am connected to my true essence- nature I can connect to the true essence of the universe. I found a way to liberate myself from the cage I had built around my heart and from the weight I was carrying on my shoulders. What was left is unconditional love.

Are you ready to unite and connect with yourself and others?

How to work with this

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