Meditation 101

To be put in the most simplest of terms, meditation is the art relaxation to re-connection. Relaxing the mind and the body to reconnect with your Spirit. The art of focusing on the now and being present in the moment. Most people think that meditation requires you to shut off your brain and have no thoughts at all. Then when you can’t achieve this, you believe you’re not meditating correctly and just choose to give up.

Let me clear the air: THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO MEDITATE!

Meditating is never about silencing the mind, it’s about shifting through the thoughts that arise during this time. It’s about listening to your Spirit as it brings you messages from the Universe, your Ancestors and The Most High. This is how you reconnect with your Higher Self, your Christ Consciousness and go deeper into your personal ascension. You can meditate in any position, but it is best to be sitting straight with your legs crossed. If you cannot cross your legs, just sitting up straight is fine. No, it doesn’t matter where you sit, as long as your spine is straight.

Step One: Breathing Focus – When you first begin to meditate, you want to think about your breathing. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose. Hold it for a minimum of 3 seconds, and then release through your mouth. Repeat throughout your meditation. Take deep abdominal breaths and with each breath relax a part of your body beginning from your head all the way down to your toes. If thoughts come let them.

Step Two: Words of Power – When focusing on your breathing, it’s easy to get side tracked with your everyday thoughts of worry and stress. You can use powerful reinforcements to snap yourself back to your breathing focus, and help you stay in alignment. Two chants you can repeat to yourself are as follows:

“Inhale Life(during inhale); Exhale Strife(during exhale)”    and    “I Breathe in Balance(during inhale); So I Can Release Peace(during exhale)”

You can utilize these sentences as tools to re-center yourself when you find your mind distracted.

Step Three: Shifting Thoughts – When you first begin to meditate, you will find that it may not be so simple to shift through your thoughts because we usually begin with thoughts of our everyday lives (worries and stress about our workplace, family, kids, bills, etc.). THAT IS OK! Remember, you’re not a master meditator (yet) and you’re still learning. After your initial thoughts of your everyday life, try to refocus on your breathing exercises we previously discussed. Watch your thoughts as if you were streaming a movie, not to give any thought belief or attention.

Step Four: Taking Notes – This is why it is important for you to realize that meditation is NOT about silencing the mind. You need your thoughts during this time, they act as a portal for your messages that are sent to you. Before you begin to meditate, grab a journal or some paper and a pen and place it next to you. During your meditation, you can use your writing supplies as a tool for reflection and dissection. Once you’ve been meditating for a few minutes, you’ve shifted through thoughts and are getting in the hang of re-centering your focus to your breathing, here is when the magic happens. The thoughts that arise during moments of mediation are MESSAGES! WRITE THEM DOWN! For example, if you’ve been meditating for 5 minutes or so (and you’ve already gone through the everyday thoughts like worry and stress) and you’re zoned in on your breathing focus, and then all of a sudden a thought appears and it is a vision of you standing next to a yoga studio. Write that down and then refocus yourself on your breathing. Or if a thought arises that shows you a glimpse of another Being (like your friend, family or lover) behaving deceitfully, or just an outline of them in general, write down what you see and then get back to your breathing.

Step Five: Reflect and Decipher – Don’t forget that it is in post-mediation (mostly) where your awakening begins. After you finish meditating, you want to reflect back on the notes taken, and decipher the messages sent to you through those images or thoughts. It is in these reflections and deciphers you learn how to trust the process, and find what sets your Soul on fire.

 

Did you meditate? Did you have trouble silencing your mind? Did you have problems getting past the everyday thoughts to get to your Universal Messages?  DON’T GIVE UP! KEEP GOING! YOU’RE NOT DOING IT WRONG! And next time, set aside more time for your meditation so that you give yourself a change to get past these obstacles.

Light + Love | Rishi Omkara

Eat Your Way to Balanced Chakra’s

Did you know that there are foods you can eat that will assist you in bringing balance to your Chakras? Your chakras are the 7 energy points along your spine that are directly related to the organs and functions of the human body. When these chakras are unbalanced or blocked, you find that the consequences are usually physical in nature. For instance, you can find yourself with headaches, liver and kidney problems, poor digestion, ulcers, respiratory problems, asthma, along with many others including Hypoglycemia and even Diabetes. So it is important that we are feeding these energy points with life, so that they reciprocate life in return. Here are some things you can eat in accordance to each Chakra, that will help bring about balance:

Muladhara – Root Chakra

Located: Base of Spine

Grounding & Security | Reproductive System

This Chakra vibrates with the colors red, dark brown, dark gray, and black, and connects us to feelings of being part of a community or “tribe”.

Associated Problems:

Colon issues, lower back pain, varicose veins, emotional issues surrounding money and security.

Foods to Eat:

Red or dark brown colored roots and vegetables, and protein.

Beets, parsnips, rutabaga, apples, pomegranates, burdock, rosemary, cloves, dandelion

Svadhisthana – Sacral Chakra

Located: Sacrum

Emotions & Sensitivity | Excretory Functions

Vibrating with orange hues, this chakra houses our creativity and sexuality and allows us to “go with the flow” of life.

Associated Problems:

Infertility, hip pain, sexual dysfunction, emotional imbalances, creative blockages.

Foods to Eat:

Orange colored foods, healthy fats, seeds, nuts, oranges, carrots, pumpkins, beans, peanut butter, calendula, fennel

Manipura – Solar Plexus Chakra

Located: Abdomen

Control & Vital Energy | Digestion

Yellow foods share the same color vibration for this chakra which expresses our personal power, balance of energy flow and radiates our “true self” outward.

Associated Problems:

Gas, bloating, liver issues, stomach ulcers, eating disorders, lack of confidence, procrastination.

Foods to Eat:

Yellow or Gold colored granolas, grains and complex carbohydrates, yellow peppers, yellow lentils, yellow squash, oats, celery, ginger, turmeric

Anahata – Heart Chakra

Located: Heart

Love & Warmth | Circulatory & Immune System

Green, rose, and pink shades are the colors associated with this loving, healing chakra.

Associated Problems:

Heart and lung problems, asthma, allergies, fear of intimacy.

Foods to Eat:

Green colored leafy vegetables, raw foods, green tea, sprouts, broccoli, kale, lavender, rose, basil, sage, parsley, jasmine

Vishuddha – Throat Chakra

Located: Throat

Communication & Creativity | Thyroid | Respiratory System

As the portal for communication, the Throat Chakra expresses the truth for the other chakras, and is attached to the colors of light blues and aquamarine.

Associated Problems:

Thyroid disease, frequent sore throat, difficulty expressing feelings

Foods to Eat:

Blue colored tart or tangy free growing fruits, liquids in general, sea plants, foods with high water content, soups, sauces, blueberries, blue raspberries, figs, kelp, peppermint, lemongrass

Ajna – Third Eye Chakra

Located: Middle of forehead between eyes

Understanding & Intuition | Endocrine & Nervous System

Linked with visions, dreams, divine guidance, this charkra’s colors of indigo and violet, invite us to try purple-red foods.

Associated Problems:

Depression, poor eyesight, hormonal imbalances, poor intuition

Foods to Eat:

Indigo or dark blush colored foods, chocolates, wine, grape juice, herbal teas, purple potatoes, blackberries, plums, purple grapes, mugwort, lavender, rosemary, juniper

Sahasrara – Crown Chakra

Located: Above the head

Enlightenment & Divinity | Metabolism | Central Nervous System

Associated with “Spirit” more than “matter”, this chakra is linked to the colors white, lavender and pastel colors.

Associated Problems:

Issues with sleep/wake cycle, feeling disconnected from your body or others, difficulty meditating, spiritual discomfort

Foods to Eat:

Violet, purple, or white colored foods, raw, organic foods, juices, lavender, smudging herbs, incense,fasting, detoxing, fresh air, sunlight, nature.

Hope these are good suggestions and helpful information to those seeking, any questions feel free to contact. Our Chakras have a direct connection to our body, our health, our wealth and the way we love, so Eye hope this helps sum up some simple information on exactly how we can eat our way to creating balance. Please remember that bringing balance to your energy field isn’t limited to your diet, it consist of your everyday habits and thinking. Eating better is a great first step.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

 Eye simply combined information from dahnyoga.com and fionalandrews.info and 7 Chakras for Beginners to create this post.

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