Aligning your Chakras- with meditation and food.

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 Most people have heard of chakras – the energy centers of the body. Although there are actually 114 in the body, many of us know of only seven.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning a “plexus,” “wheel,” or “vortex.”

Along with these energy centers are the ‘nadis’ –or energy channels through which prana or vital life force moves.

When the nadis meet at different points in the body, they form a chakra. Chakras are responsible for of taking in, incorporating and emanating energy to keep us functioning at optimal levels.

When a chakra is out of balance or blocked it starts affecting your health, both physically and emotionally. And on the other hand, if we endeavor to work on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, we can promote the flow of energy through our chakras with ease.

Yoga, reiki and any kind of physical activity greatly influence in strengthening and enhancing the flow of energy to our chakra systems. Clearing out the clutter from our lives, physically and emotionally, also helps to strengthen the flow of our energy. Forgiveness greatly enhances our energetic health, to bring back balance and promoting wellbeing on all levels.

However I find that along with yoga a brief stint with meditation is one of the best ways to balance and harmonise these chakras.

I personally sit cross legged on the floor, my hands on my knees, palms facing upwards, joining the index finger to the thumb, and closing my eyes as I slowly breathe in and out, focusing and visualising the location and colour associated with each chakra, in my mind’s eye.
Starting at the root chakra and moving upward towards the crown chakra, allowing at least a couple of minutes to each chakra. However if you find this a little too overwhelming, you can always use a guided meditation available on You Tube to get you started. Don’t expect results immediately. Like everything else in life this too will take its time, and once you start meditation, it will definitely change your entire outlook on life.

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Below is a list of the major chakras and their basic properties.

Root Chakra – Muladhara.

Muladhara is the root chakra; this root defines our relationship with Mother Earth. It influences our vitality and most importantly, our basic survival instincts and our sense of belonging. The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine and is represented by the colour red, which is naturally associated with the element earth. To keep this chakra healthy, walking barefoot on the floor or in a garden allows you to connect to earth and keeps you grounded. Add some root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, turnips and food that are red in colour- pomegranates, cherry, watermelon, beetroots in your diet.

Sacral Chakra – Svadhistana.

The Sacral Chakra, or the Swadhisthana Chakra, is symbolic of the water elements present within the human body. It influences our desires, sexuality, creativity and our reproductive functions. Located two inches below the navel it is represented by the colour orange. To keep your chakras in balance include foods such as honey, sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges, mangoes and papayas.

Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura.

The Solar Plexus Chakra or the Manipura Chakra is regarded as one of the most powerful chakras that have profound influences on our personal power. Representing our personal abilities and powers, it influences both our personal and professional success. Located in the stomach, the colour associated with this chakra is yellow, and its natural element is fire, and this is where the “fire in your belly” term derives from. Include foods of yellow colour such as squash, pineapple, bananas, turmeric, yellow peppers, pumpkin, and lemon.

Heart Chakra – Anahata.

The Heart Chakra, also known as the Anahata Chakra, is associated with the element of air within the body, and it has the most profound influence on our professional and personal relationships. This chakra relates to unconditional love. Located at the center of the heart, green is the colour of this chakra and it relates naturally to love and compassion. Being open to giving and receiving the love that is available to you, enhances the balance of this chakra. Include foods of green colour-leafy vegetables, cucumber, peas, broccoli, green apples, kiwi and avocado.

Throat Chakra – Vishuddha.

The Vishuddha Chakra or Throat Chakra symbolises our true inner voice, and our ability to listen, empathise and communicate with others. It is represented by the colour blue. When this chakra is flowing at optimum levels, you have the ability to ask for what you need. You also reflect your truth in the world through this chakra though your communication.  Include foods such as Jamun, blue berries, black currants, black grapes, mushrooms, herbal teas, coconut water.

Third Eye Chakra – Ajna.

Insight, intuition, awareness and guidance are the properties of this sixth chakra, located between the eyebrows. Located between your eyebrows, the natural colour of this chakra is indigo. Meditation and visualization exercises can assist the healthy flow of this chakra. Be open to your inner guidance and listen to your thoughts. Include foods such as eggplants, purple cabbage and carrots, black beans, olives, prunes, poppy seeds.

Crown Chakra – Sahasrara.

The Crown Chakra, known as the Sahasrara Chakra is connected with the element of light, and is the silence between the spaces and represents spiritual connection. Located at the crown of your head, it represents union, bliss, the knowledge of being at one with all. Cosmic consciousness and peace are the frequency at this chakra. It is the highest form of chakra, which opens up the spiritual communication completely with the universe. It’s often symbolised as a lotus flower blooming open. It is associated with violet or violet-white light. It is not associated with any type of food. In fact, it’s often suggested that fasting can stimulate the flow of the crown chakra. Quieting the body quietens the mind. Drink plenty of water, and practice daily meditation to fully integrate your spiritual, emotional, and physical health.

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Understanding the chakra system and its corresponding colours helps us see why eating a multi-coloured diet of natural foods can improve our emotional and physical health.

It is beneficial to meditate on the chakras for increased health of your energetic system. Some simple pranayam or breathing exercises  and visualizing your beautiful energy centers spinning in a healthy way  and being fully aware of all the seven chakras, will help you notice the improvements you can bring in your body, to stay mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.

 

-Madhavi

Disclaimer

***The views expressed in this article are of the writer***.

***It is not a miracle cure, nor do I propagate the use of these foods and or exercises/meditation ***

***Please consult a doctor if you have any conditions before starting any kind of exercise/meditation regime ***

*** Please use your discretion before starting any practise ***

 

 

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Healing

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Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” — Haruki Murakami

The answer to life’s many questions are really plain and simple.

Throughout our lifetime we are faced with circumstances and situations that take a toll on our mental, physical and spiritual selves.  It’s an accepted fact of being part of the life chain. Along with happiness and fun, sadness and pain are always on the flip side.

Some wounds or should I say some of the pain we feel, both physical and mental, take a lot of time to heal. But heal they do. Eventually!

But for us to allow that healing to take place, requires us to uncover our subconscious wounds, face our inner demons, and meet our pain head on. It requires us to break over and over again until we settle into wholeness.

But Time is the biggest healer, isn’t it? Every wound, every pain will fully heal only when we accept it in its entirety and allow it to scar us, look at it right into their eyes, face it, and resolve it.

The pain will take you back into time. You will relive each forgotten memory, through isolation, despair, desperation, powerlessness and anxiety. Until, you realize that you can’t run away from it. They become a part of you.

My own life path has been quite dark. I have had to face many of the aspects that I would never have chosen to see.

Right from the days in my teens of losing both my parents within a span of two years, to last week when we lost the matriarch of the husband’s side of family.

I have spent almost close to three decades being a solid support and companion of my mother in law, when last week she breathed her last peacefully.

Suddenly when everyone of her children and relatives leave for their respective homes, after the mandatory 12 day period of mourning is over, I will find a huge void in my time.

I will have to prioritize my own needs and claim my life back. There are so many issues which need addressing. I hope I can overcome the bad tides and look forward to new beginnings and new blessings.

The path to healing is never easy. But I know it will be worth the effort and worth the wait.

Acceptance and trusting in the Divine with utmost faith will pave the way for new blessings, abundance of love and healing to enter the soul and life.

-madhavi

 

 

Nirvana Shatakam

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Two years back I attended an Inner Engineering program by Sadhguru in Mumbai.

The program gave me the opportunity to explore the basics of life, imparting practical wisdom to manage my body, mind, emotions, and the deep life energy within. It was the most wonderful 3 days that I invested in myself. It was here that I heard the Nirvana Shatakam, played by the Sounds of Isha –Sadhguru’s own group of musicians- for the first time. The fusion music with awesome drum beats was mesmerizing and I completely fell one with it. Since then it has become part of my daily worship. It calms me and helps me connect with my inner energy.

Nirvana Shatakam, composed by Adi Shankaracharya over a thousand years ago, is one of the most well known among Sanskrit chants.

The word ‘ Shiva’ literally means ‘that which is not’ or nothingness. Shiva is the Supreme Consciousness, and is also called Para brahmam (the highest Brahman” that which is beyond all descriptions and conceptualizations, which is formless, and that eternally pervades everything, everywhere in the universe and beyond). Shiva is one who is omnipotent, and has omnipresence.

This chant emphasizes on our true self as SatChitAnanda –ever existing, ever consciousness, ever bliss.

Nirvana Shatakam

mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham
na cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre
na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,
I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,
I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na cha prana sangyo na vai pancha vayuhu
na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshah
na vak pani-padam na chopastha payu
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am not the breath, nor the five elements,
I am not matter, nor the 5 sheaths of consciousness
Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
na me vai mado naiva matsarya bhavaha
na dharmo na chartho na kamo na mokshaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion,
I know not pride or jealousy,
I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na punyam na papam na saukhyam na duhkham
na mantro na tirtham na veda na yajnah
aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain,
I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals,
I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na me mrtyu shanka na mejati bhedaha
pita naiva me naiva mataa na janmaha
na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I have no fear of death, no caste or creed,
I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,
I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
vibhut vatcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam
na cha sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,
I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,
I am neither attached, neither free nor captive,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

 

Lyrics and meaning credits:- https://isha.sadhguru.org/in/en/blog/article/mystic-chants-nirvana-shatakam

 

Enjoy the chant here ->  https://soundcloud.com/soundsofisha/nirvana-shatakam-1-hr

 

Enjoy the blissful rendition.

Madhavi