Balancing the Heart Charka

The heart charka is all about giving and receiving love. It’s about opening up to forgiveness and freeing yourself from guilt and shame. This charka focuses on kindness, acceptance and compassion for yourself and those around you. The heart charka is incredibly expansive.The energy it carries pushes through to the ends of the universe. If you are struggling with finding forgiveness for yourself or someone who has hurt you or if you are finding it challenging to find compassion for others this charka is the one to focus on. Sit or lay in savasana for meditation and start by placing your left hand on heart centre and right hand on top. Repeat this mantra to yourself and imagine your whole heart centre filling with green light and expanding across your chest and down your arms into the palms of your hands and out to the corners of the universe. Send this light to anyone in need or to anywhere in the world that is experiencing suffering. This energy is so powerful and can surpass time and space. This is pure loving energy, that can be sent to all areas of your life here and beyond.

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Colour: Green.

Element: Air.

Purpose: All about giving and receiving love. Finding forgiveness and a way to release shame.

Location: Chest.

Sound: YAM.

Crystals: Malachite, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite.

Foods: Green foods such as leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chlorella, spirulina, peas etc.

Essential oils: Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang.

Yoga: Supported Fish pose, Cat/Cow pose, Sphinx Pose. Yoga poses that focus on opening up the heart- centre.

Moving past the sins of our fathers, to a place where love prevails.

While I was attending my mediation teacher training program, I was quite fascinated with how many overlaps there are in the core beliefs of various spiritual teaching as well as religious groups. The teacher we had was explaining how the differences in all of these teaching really came down to different terminology being used. At the end of the day we are all striving for that connection to the divine.

This viewpoint was refreshing and exactly what I have always believed. We ARE all one. We are all spiritual beings having a physical experience on this earth. When we strip away our outer skin we are all the same underneath. We tend to define ourselves by the jobs we have, the people we surround ourselves with, the houses or properties we own. We let the colour of our skin, what we eat, what belief system we follow define us to suffocating restrictions. The truth is when we strip away everything we THINK defines who we are we realize we are all beautiful souls on our unique journey. So if this is true why do we find time and time again our society focusing on putting up walls between us because of our perceived differences? One of the things I enjoyed most about my course was the diversity in that room. So many women from varying backgrounds coming together to find this peaceful common ground. All of us working towards helping others and UNITING through acts of unconditional love.

When I was at my course we got to practice walking meditation. This was a type of mediation that was new to me. It’s a meditation of mindfulness where you learned how to detach from the world around you, while still being mindful with every step you take. Not holding on to any emotions but watching the mind, and with no judgement observing the world around you. So there I was walking outside listening to the traffic that passed by but not clinging to the energy it left behind. Slowly pacing along the fresh green, spring grass, noticing how crunchy, yet soft it felt under the souls of my feet. I came to a place of stillness and I crouched down to sit on the side of a hill. I placed my hands in the grass, mindfully noticing the sensations without reaching for a explanation. I sat in the warmth of sun as my eye began to wander to an ant I noticed in the grass right in front of me. This ant was climbing up a blade of grass and down the other side he kept repeating this action with every blade of grass he came to. He was slowly moving closer to my feet and hands. In this moment of awareness I realized that the ant doesn’t know the difference between me and the blades of grass. He doesn’t know where the grass ended and I began. I was the blade of grass and the grass was me. In that moment I knew that I belonged. I knew that we ALL belong. We are ALL these blades of grass woven together. Each of us a beautiful mass of energy and spirit. WE are all divine creations of infinite love.

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Every day we have these amazing opportunities to spread love and strip away these belief systems that no longer serve the higher good. We have a chance to create a world that is better than the one we inherited. We have a chance to bring up this next generation with higher levels of awareness where they know that acts of hate only bring more hate and that the way to true liberation is through love.  Isn’t it time we move past the sins of our fathers? This world doesn’t need more prejudice, discrimination, sexism, or racism. We ARE better than that. We can DO better. We can BE better. Equality comes with mutual respect for one and all.

Namaste~ I honour the place in you that is the same in me. I honour in you where the whole universe resides. I honour the place in you that is the same in me. WE are but ONE.

Spreading the Love

Energy flows all around us. We can’t deny that we feel a shift when we walk into a room with tension, or an argument beginning to brew. We can’t help but smile when we hear a baby giggling. We are all aware of how our words and actions send waves of positive or negative energy out into the world. These waves of energy can be uplifting or extremely damaging. The quote by Martin Luther King ” Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate, only love can do that.” He was right on so many levels. With this in mind we can begin to move to a place of light, happiness, and peace by spreading love around like wildfire.

Last summer I went for a special bike ride with my oldest son. Time together for just us. We had come around to finishing half of our bike loop when my son expressed he need a rest. We stopped at a bench at the corner of a major intersection in our little town. I asked him if we could do an experiment. I said, “Lets wave at all the vehicles turning and see if anyone waves back.” He agreed to participate in his mother’s crazy idea. So we sat there waving as the traffic that went by. We got some smiles and waves, and some people that were just confused. But as more people opened up to the energy being created, the more they began to wave and smile. This beautiful exchange of energy grew our excitement. It wasn’t long before we were jumping up and down, waving and giggling as the people in the vehicles were honking their horns and smiling out their windows. The energy we created was amazing. We could all feel it around us. Even bikers and pedestrians that were passing by started in on this exchange of energy. It all started with a silly idea of mine to prove to my son the value of positive energy. Within fifteen  minutes we impacted more people then I could count. If even for a just for one moment, we brought a piece of happiness into their lives and it felt amazing!

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Things that are done with pure intentions, with love, only bring more love. Even when it feels silly or ridiculous make sure to spend pieces of your day engaging in a positive energy flow with those around you. I can’t begin to tell you how many times over the last 10 years I have had beautiful conversations with an elder, or a homeless person while out and about. Those conversations were unique chances for me to spread some love and positive energy. We are all beautiful beings living on this earth together. Let’s support each other. Spread some healing to someone in need. Express gratitude to loved ones. Embrace every chance we can to share all this beautiful energy that surrounds us.

 

 

 

 

Love each day

Not long ago my uncle passed away from terminal cancer. His diagnoses was only a few months prior to his death. It happened so fast. It still feels so surreal. The last doodle he drew for his wife was one of a smiley face that had the caption, “Love each day” written on it. While my family was back home preparing for the funeral my mother sent me this picture in a text message. It immediately brought me to tears. “Love each day.” Those words are so powerful yet so simple, and sometimes hard to achieve.

Love the days that you are frustrated because those are the days that are growing patience within you.

Love the days that are challenging because those days are growing strength in you.

Love the days that are joyful and full of happiness. Those are the days that fill your soul with love and beauty.

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And then there are the sad days…these are the hardest for me. For two weeks I held back tears and tried to go about my day ignoring that my heart was heavy. I couldn’t stop thinking of his passing and all the other loved ones I have lost over last few years. I was in the kitchen holding back what tears I could as I told my husband all I was feeling. I told him that I hated feeling this way, trapped in sadness. He said, ” Your struggling because your holding back the sadness. Let yourself cry and work through it. That is what will bring the healing you need to move forward.” I knew he was right.

So as hard as it is make sure to love the sad days. Love the days that are filled with tears and pain because those are the days that are healing your heart.

Love each day for all these moments are what make up who we are. These are the moments that shape our lives. Live in abundance of love and joy each and every day. This is what my uncle knew well.