THE SEVENTH CHAKRA: Who We Truly Are
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
It's our last week of our intro to the Chakras! We finish this week with our Seventh Chakra, our Crown Chakra.
How often do you feel that your mind is just going, going, going........100s of thoughts all over the place...and you feel like you have no control over your mind? This happens A LOT for most people. Sometimes our minds obsess over certain thoughts. Sometimes we think thoughts and say to ourselves, "Why can't I stop thinking about this??!?!" Usually this means we are not in touch with our Crown Chakra.
The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head. It's color is either violet or white. It's mantra is I KNOW. The Sanskrit name for the Crown Chakra is SAHASRARA, which means Thousandfold. Thousandfold was a term in the past that meant Infinite. The Crown Chakra is the place of our Awareness, Consciousness and Attention. It's who we truly are deep down, underneath everything else. In this place, our Consciousness is infinite.
I would have to say that in my profession, most people have an excessive Crown Chakra. We often think too much and what does this cause? ANXIETY. When you feel anxious, do you feel that you are in control of your mind? I usually don't!! If our thoughts are all over the place, our attention is all over the place too. Without sounding too "woo woo," when our thoughts are erratic and we feel we are not in control of them, this directs our attention. Our attention then becomes what we experience during our day. These experiences shape how we see our life and what our life might mean to us.
Ok, so that's a lot to take in.
Basically, what we think about again and again shapes our life.
So how in the world do we calm our thoughts and our minds so that they aren't anxious and erratic?
Are you seeing a theme here? When we sit and find stillness, focus on our breath, and quiet our mind, then we can think with clarity. We can OBSERVE with CLARITY. We have more focus. Our attention is direct, rather than erratic. Now, I know meditation is easier said than done, but if you start with just ONE MINUTE and build from there, it does get much easier. We have train our brain like any muscle in the body.
● A meditation that I recommend to start with looks like this: Set a timer on your phone for ONE minute. Find a quiet place to sit or lay down. Close your eyes or find a soft gaze. Bring your attention to the breath, as it passes through your nose, as you breathe in and out. You can even follow the breath in your mind and say internally, "Breathing in.....breathing out" with each inhale and exhale. If your mind starts to wander, that's ok. Bring it back....
Breathing in, breathing out.
See how you feel when your timer goes off. After you try it for a minute a few times, try TWO minutes and so forth! You might surprise yourself that afterwards, your day seems a little easier. Maybe thoughts are a bit more calm and we are able to navigate them with ease.
Next week, we will bring everything all together! And then the fun begins with postures and flows!!!!
Resource Used: Chakra Yoga by Anodea Judith