How To Open Your First Chakra Root Chakra Muladhara Chakra

Today I want to share with you a method to open and balance the root chakra. The root chakra gives us a feeling of being physically aware of ourselves and our surroundings. When opened, one feels comfortable in situations, secure, stable, well balanced and sensible. There is no unprovoked distrust in others around us and we become very in tune with whats happening right now and are very in-sync with our physical body.

When under active; one may feel very unwelcome, fearful and nervous.

When over active; a person may become greedy, materialistic and be hesitant towards change.

The following can be used as a guide to open and balance the root chakra.

Step One

You firstly want your mind to become aware of your body. This can be done by doing some mild exercise such as a walk around the block or light house cleaning. This will help to increase the strength of the root chakra.

Step Two

Next you will want to ground yourself. This can be done easily as the the below image shows. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend the knees slightly and push the pelvis forward just a bit to sink your weight forward. You want to feel the ground beneath you with your feet flat to the ground and your body balanced. Remember to breath and relax, you are simply allowing your chakra to become grounded. Remain in this position for 3-5 minutes.

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Step Three

After the standing position you want to sit cross-legged in a quiet place with the flats of your feet pointing upwards as shown in the image below.

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Step Four

Let the tip of your thumb and index finger touch gently.

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Step Five

Let your wrists rest softly on your knees.

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Step Six

Breathe and relax. Focus on the position of the root chakra; between the anus and genitals.

Quietly, slowly but clearly chat the word “LAM”. This should sound like “LLLLLLLAAAAAAMMMMM”

Continue you breathe slowly and deeply.

You may find it helpful to envision a beautiful closed red flower. The flower has a radiant power glowing from it and all around it. Picture the flower slowly opening to reveal a brilliant golden center.

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Continue this until you get the peaceful clean feeling. When you are finished you should feel completely relaxed. (I’ve been known to sneak in a nap after this exercise because I feel so relaxed.)

Notes:

With practice you will be able to achieve this clean relaxed peace more easily and quickly.

It is important that you have a quiet place to do this where you will not be disturbed.

Remember to turn off the phone or other things that may distract you.

If you have chakra mantras, you can also use them during this exercise.

It is also ok to sit on a mat or pillow of you find the floor is too hard for you.

Remember, this is easy, don’t over think it. Just breathe.

Let me know in the comments how you find this method and any of your own variations that you find work well.

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7 Point Stress Management Program

They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The same goes when you start pulling your hair out from all the frustration, grief, anxiety, and yes, stress. It’s a state of mental conditioning that is much like taking a bitter pill down your throat, causing you to lose your sense of self, and worse your sanity. Just thinking about it can drive anyone off the edge.

And they say that the proactive ones are already living off the edge.

As one stressed-out person to another, I know how it feels, and believe me there are many variants when it comes to stress. Coping with life, and carrying the problems that may or may not belong to you can scratch away the little joy and happiness that you can carry once you head out that door. You can’t blame anyone for being like that; they have their own reasons, so much like we have our reasons to allow stress to weigh us down. They say that stress is all in the mind, well, what’s bugging you?

There are several ways to manage stress, and eventually remove it from your life eventually. So I’ll try to divide it into a seven point course for you and I promise it’s not going to be too taxing on the body, or on the mind.

Point 1: Acknowledge stress is good

Make stress your friend! Based on the body’s natural “fight or flight” response, that burst of energy will enhance your performance at the right moment. I’ve yet to see a top sportsman totally relaxed before a big competition. Use stress wisely to push yourself that little bit harder when it counts most.

Point 2: Avoid stress sneezers

Stressed people sneeze stress germs indiscriminately and before you know it, you are infected too!

Protect yourself by recognizing stress in others and limiting your contact with them. Or if you’ve got the inclination, play stress doctor and teach them how to better manage themselves.

Point 3: Learn from the best

When people around are losing their head, who keeps calm? What are they doing differently? What is their attitude? What language do they use? Are they trained and experienced?

Figure it out from afar or sit them down for a chat. Learn from the best stress managers and copy what they do.

Point 4: Practice heavy breathing

This is something I’ve learned from a gym instructor: You can trick your body into relaxing by using heavy breathing. Breathe in slowly for a count of 7 then breathe out for a count of 11. Repeat the 7-11 breathing until your heart rate slows down, your sweaty palms dry off and things start to feel more normal. Its alright to take normal breaths between relaxing ones so you don’t get light headed.

Point 5: Give stressy thoughts the red light

It is possible to tangle yourself up in a stress knot all by yourself. “If this happens, then that might happen and then we’re all up the creek!” Most of these things never happen, so why waste all that energy worrying needlessly?

Give stress thought-trains the red light and stop them in their tracks. Okay so it might go wrong – how likely is that, and what can you do to prevent it?

Point 6: Know your trigger points and hot spots

Presentations, interviews, meetings, giving difficult feedback, tight deadlines…. My heart rate is cranking up just writing these down!

Make your own list of stress trigger points or hot spots. Be specific. Is it only presentations to a certain audience that gets you worked up? Does one project cause more stress than another? Did you drink too much coffee?

Knowing what causes you stress is powerful information, as you can take action to make it less stressful. Do you need to learn some new skills? Do you need extra resources? Do you need to switch to decaf?

Point 7: Burn the candle at one end

Lack of sleep, poor diet and no exercise wreaks havoc on our body and mind. Kind of obvious, but worth mentioning as it’s often ignored as a stress management technique. Listen to your mother and don’t burn the candle at both ends!

So having stress can be a total drag, but that should not hinder us to find the inner peace of mind that we deserve and have wanted for a long time.

Life Mapping: A Vision of Success

Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. Planning for success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.

Origin: Who you are

A map has a starting point. Your origin is who you are right now. Most people when asked to introduce themselves would say, “Hi, I’m Jean and I am a 17-year old, senior highschool student.” It does not tell you about who Jean is; it only tells you her present preoccupation. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. Upon introspection, Jean realized that she was highly motivated, generous, service-oriented, but impatient. Her inclination was in the biological-medical field. Furthermore, she believed that life must serve a purpose, and that wars were destructive to human dignity.

Destination: A vision of who you want to be

“Who do want to be?” this is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Continuing Jean’s story, after she defined her beliefs, values, and principles in life, she decided that she wanted to have a life dedicated in serving her fellowmen.

Vehicle: Your Mission

A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be analogized to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself. Bases on Jean’s self-assessment, she decided that she was suited to become a doctor, and that she wanted to become one. Her chosen vocation was a medical doctor. Describing her vision-mission fully: it was to live a life dedicated to serving her fellowmen as a doctor in conflict-areas.

Travel Bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude

Food, drinks, medicines, and other travelling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. This two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success. Jean realized that she needed to gain professional knowledge and skills on medicine so that she could become a doctor. She knew that she was a bit impatient with people so she realized that this was something she wanted to change.

Landmarks and Route: S.M.A.R.T. objectives

Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success. These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate degree within a period of three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years. Going back to Jean as an example, she identified the following landmarks in her life map: completing a bachelor’s degree in biology by the age of 21; completing medicine by the age of 27; earning her specialization in infectious diseases by the age of 30; getting deployed in local public hospitals of their town by the age of 32; and serving as doctor in war-torn areas by the age of 35.

Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes

The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. But oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes thus; we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.

Balance Chakras with Chakra Suite

As many of my long term reader know, we used to offer various Chakra mantras to aid in the balancing of all chakras. However we ran into issues with the various audio hosts going offline. After much research we have found a great new system that you can download and use at will. Whether on the go or in the comfort of your own home.

The system is called The Chakra Suite and features 70 minutes of beta wave audio with 10 minutes devoted to each chakra for a full and complete chakra balancing.

One of the best qualities of this system is that you do not have to be familiar with meditation for it to be effective. You can listen during activities or during rest and still receive the same benefits. This is great news for those of you who are new to meditation and working with  your chakras.

“This unique combination of techniques absolutely ensures the brainwave and chakra energy patterns are tuned to exactly the right frequencies.  The way the music works makes sure this happens very quickly.  The chakra will then start to resonate in harmony with the dominant frequency in the brain.  This stimulation will clear any blockages in that particular chakra allowing energy to flow more easily through the energy pathways.  This attunes and energizes the chakra in a natural way.  Each time you listen to the specific chakra vibration within the music – that chakra is stimulated and strengthened.”

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My Chakras 2013

As you may have noticed, My Chakras has received a make-over today. While our main focus has always been and will continue to be, our content, we thought it might be fun to bring some color into the site.

Please take a moment to let us know what you think about the new changes.

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Chakra Centers

To better understand each of the chakra centers, one must study them not just as a whole but also individually. For a brief view of the Chakra Centers you may use the below graph. However for more in-depth explanations, you may wish to visit the designated page for each of the seven chakras.

 

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