According to Michelle Fondin, Vedic Master at The Chopra Center, the chakras are “wheels of energy throughout the body”. There are seven main chakras, namely the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra, which aligns the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. “To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet.” Together, all seven chakras work collectively as a system.
Different aspects in your life can affect the healthiness of each chakra. You may experience inner struggles or physical ailments if a blockage occurs in any one of the chakras. By meditating and practicing awareness of your body, you can increase your consciousness of the chakras. Building this awareness is helpful in monitoring and maintaining your overall well-being.
Located at the very base of the spine, the root chakra deals with your sense of security. You only need basic food, shelter and safety to survive, and by being aware that your basic needs are likely to be met is conducive to supporting a healthy root chakra. Fear is the root of all negative emotions. Likewise, fear is the emotion that will block your root chakra. Financial stress, moving, and traveling to places where you have trouble finding food you are comfortable eating can also cause a blockage in your root chakra.
If you find that your root chakra is blocked, be mindful of what you fear and reflect on whether you should let that fear influence your choices. When you are living mindfully and investing in your future, the universe will almost always bring you what you need to survive. When you internalize that the universe naturally brings you what you need, you will be able to let go of fear.
Positioned between the pubic bone and the navel, the sacral chakra deals with your ability to sense pleasure. If your sacral chakra is healthy, you will find it easy to enjoy and appreciate life. Conversely, guilt creates blockages in your sacral chakra. If you have trouble enjoying life, reflect on why you might feel guilty.
When you have attained awareness about the root of your guilt, truly forgive yourself. Be mindful that everyone fails and set an intention to correct yourself in the future. If you grow from the lessons of your past wrongdoings and mindfully let go of your guilt, your sacral chakra will clear and you will find yourself enjoying life again.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Placed right above your navel, this chakra deals with your sense of personal power. If your solar plexus chakra is healthy, you will be confident and decisive. However, self-doubt creates blockages in your solar plexus chakra. These doubts stem from uncertainty about whether you are on the correct life path. Be mindful if you are experiencing low self-esteem or if you find it difficult to make decisions as this may be a sign that your solar plexus chakra is blocked. Moreover, this chakra may be blocked if you are in a job that is not right for you or if you are living a lifestyle that does not align with your values.
When you are feeling a blockage in this part of your body, it is a sign that you should reconnect with yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself. Reflect upon who you truly are and begin working towards fulfilling your life purpose for the health of your solar plexus chakra. If you do not feel connected to a life purpose, it may be time to do some soul searching and meditating to uncover what you truly want in life.
Located at the heart center, this chakra deals with your ability to love. If your heart chakra is healthy, you will naturally pour love into your work, your relationships, and most importantly, yourself. Love will become you. However, the emotion of grief will cause blockages in your heart chakra. When you grieve over a relationship that you do not find fulfilling or if you have lost someone, you will find it difficult to experience love again until you heal yourself.
To heal yourself, be mindful of who or what you are grieving over and consciously let go of that grief. Meditate upon the love you are attached to and allow your attachment to that love to pass. When you learn to put your love around people rather than in people, you will have an abundance of love that you can control.
Positioned in your throat, the throat chakra deals with a sense of honesty to yourself. If your throat chakra is healthy, you will have positive mental communication with yourself and you will communicate effectively with others. You should be mindful if you truly believe in what you say and think because self-denial and dishonesty will block this chakra. If you tell yourself that you are something you are not – that you deserve something you do not, that you are not worth it, or that you fit into a position you do not – you will have trouble with your throat chakra.
Mindful speech is paramount in maintaining the health of your throat chakra. By being mindful of who you are and of how you feel, you can then honestly express yourself.
Third Eye Chakra
Located right above the point between your eyes, the third eye chakra deals with your sense of intuition. If your third eye chakra is healthy, you will have a strong sense of what is right or wrong for you. Your creativity and perception will heighten, and you will enjoy stronger predictive abilities. This chakra will be blocked if you hold onto a fixed mindset or perception and if you do not practice listening to your intuition.
Practice experiencing the world without bias to tap into your third eye chakra. If you improve awareness and connection to your intuition, your third eye chakra will naturally open. This means not forming prejudices and being blinded by past experiences. When you succeed in doing so, your intuition will develop.
Fun fact: Did you know fluoride, which is added to most toothpastes and drinking water, calcifies your pineal gland, which controls your third eye? Thus, it is recommended to avoid fluoride to maintain the health of your third eye chakra. Not to worry, many health food stores sell natural water and toothpaste that does not contain flouride.
Placed at the crown of your head, the crown chakra deals with your ability to tap into the life energy that exists all around you. The ancient traditions referred to this energy as “prana”, “chi”, “xi”, and more. When you become too attached to material things and find it difficult to let go, you will block your crown chakra.
To open your crown chakra, let go of everything; be exactly who you are and exactly how you want to be, energetically evolving at every moment. With practice, you can nourish every cell of your body with this life energy. Improved health, peace and youthfulness are all benefits of tapping into this energy. Practice meditation, yoga mindfulness, and most of all detachment for the health of this chakra.
Keep the Chakras Aligned
First and foremost, listen to the body. Rather than waiting for a mental or physical issue to become a major health problem, practice scanning the body inside out and reflecting on your emotions every day. By being mindful of how you feel, you will notice small imbalances in your mental state and your body. Being aware of imbalances when they first occur empowers you to take control of your well-being. By being in touch with the chakras, you will be able to better understand the flow of energy in your body. Importantly, practicing mindfulness, healthiness, and kindness (to yourself and others) can help you achieve overall well-being.
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*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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