Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. “Watching your breath” is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation. Meditation means to drop everything which is in one’s memory and to come to a state where only consciousness remains, where only awareness remains. Meditation connected to our soul. Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
The still lake without ripples is an image of our minds at ease, so full of unlimited friendliness for all the junk at the bottom of the lake that we don’t feel the need to churn up the waters just to avoid looking at what’s there.
Meditation : an enrichment to your soul
While a meditative state is the natural outcome of yoga and the spiritual benefit of meditation is supreme bliss or enlightenment, these words are unlikely to be understood by many.
However, progress towards meditation and meditative techniques have several benefits at the gross body or material level :
- Improvement of Body Luster and General Health – When your mind focuses on a particular part of the body, the blood flow to that part increases and cells receive more oxygen and other nutrients in abundance. Today, many of the film stars and fashion models include meditation in their daily regimen.
- Improvement in concentration – Many of the athletes and sports professionals regularly employ meditation methods. Studies have found a direct correlation between concentration exercises (meditation) and the performance level of sports professionals. Meditation strengthens the mind, it comes under control and is able to provide effective guidance to the physical body to effectively execute all its projects. Psychological Exercises are a powerful way of improving concentration and improving mental strength.
Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body. There are seven of them, and they govern our psychological properties. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side.
The Root Chakra, being the first Chakra, is the most physical one. This means that any activity that makes one more aware of the body, will strengthen this Chakra.. The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone in back, and the pubic bone in front. This center holds the basic needs for survival, security and safety.
If this Chakra is blocked an individual may feel fearful, anxious, insecure and frustrated.Problems like obesity and knee troubles can occur. Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs.
Healing : The number one thing you can do to awaken this Chakra is DANCE! Dance with your entire body. Play your favorite music and just let your body move to it.
You can think about a brilliant, deep red rose with its velvety leaves and soft-petalled shapes and divine smell. Visualize roses without thorns. Visualize yourself lying in a bed of these roses, so soft, so special to you. Or if you can think of something else that gives you the same feeling, go there, too. Just follow your associations without trying to place them anywhere. Be free.
Foods That Nourish Your Root Chakra : carrots, beets, radishes, tofu, soy, eggs and flax seeds.
Second Chakra is often referred to as the belly or (sacral). It is located two inches below the navel and is rooted into the spine. This center holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. If this Chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex or may lack energy. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine.
Healing : Imagine brilliant red-orange sun setting or rising (whichever coast you are on). Visualize it making circles and radiating out from your lower abdomen into your genitals, lower back and sacrum. Follow it with a slow inhalation. When you exhale, feel the energy of the sun flow up through your body from this Chakra, and out through the top of your head. Listen to the waves of the ocean as the sun begins to sink deeper and deeper into your lower spine and into your 2nd Chakra. Relax and just feel this. Breathe slowly the entire time.
Foods That Nourish Your Sacral Chakra Sweet Fruits : melons, mangoes, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut, etc.
Honey & Nuts : almonds, walnuts, etc.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The third chakra is referred to as the Solar Plexus. It is located two inches below the breastbone in the center behind the stomach. The third chakra is the center of personal power, the place of ego, of passions, impulses, anger and strength.
When the Third Chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, worry about what others think, feel that others are controlling your life, and may be depressed. Physical problems may include digestivedifficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies.
Healing : Visualize a golden sunflower or lotus, whichever is easiest for you. Watch it rise to the sun and feel that same sensation with your solar plexus as it rises to the sun and stretches your spine and torso up as high as possible. Inhale as you do this. Exhale and relax, and repeat.
Visualize the color of the sun, bright yellow at noon, streaming into your solar plexus and radiating out to your entire body with warmth and light.
Foods That Nourish Your Solar Plexus Chakra are Yellow Colored Foods : lemons, yellow bell pepper, fresh corn or cornmeal.
The fourth chakra is referred to as the Heart Chakra. It is located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This is the center for love, compassion and spirituality. This center directs one’s ability to love themselves and others, to give and to receive love. This is also the Chakra connecting body and mind with spirit.
When this chakra is blocked you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love. Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficult in breathing.
Healing : Visualize that you love everyone, including those you think of with dislike and any enemies. There is nothing better than complete Love to open this Chakra.
Foods That Nourish Your Heart Chakra are : cherries, strawberries, whole brown rice, greens, except spinach.
The fifth chakra is referred to as the Throat. It is located in the V of the collarbone at the lower neck and is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought, speech, and writing. When this chakra is blocked you may feel physical illnesses or ailments include, hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations, and back pain.
Healing : When one thinks of the voice and then healing, chanting comes to mind immediately. If you want to try chanting on your own, try any mantras. Just keep repeating it as you get into a rhythmic chant with your eyes closed.
Foods That Nourish Your Throat Chakra : apples, apricots, peaches, pears and plums. Lemons and limes are excellent for clearing out stuck energy in this chakra. Add some lemon or lime juice to your water to get that energy moving.
Third Eye Chakra
The sixth chakra is referred to as the Third Eye. It is located above the physical eyes on the center of the forehead. This is the center for psychic ability, higher intuition, the energies of spirit and light. When this chakra is blocked you may feel, afraid of success, or go the opposite way and be egotistical. Physical symptoms may include headaches, blindness, and eyestrain.
Healing : Imagine a beautiful indigo-purple color inside your mind’s eye just at the spot between your eyebrows. Imagine that the indigo-purple colors expand all around your head and swirl slowly and with purpose. Visualize the symbol for this point, the 5-pointed star.
Foods That Nourish Your Third Eye : blueberries, black berries, raspberries, and grape juice.
The seventh chakra is referred to as the Crown. It is located just behind the top of the skull. It is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought and energy.When this chakra is blocked you may feel frustration, destructive feelings. Illnesses may include migraine headaches and depression.
Healing : Help others for the sake of helping others alone, and you will likely be rewarded many times over – and your crown chakra will benefit too. Burning incense and smudging with herbs are good to open this Crown Chakra.