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10-Minute Meditation to Silence Stress and Open Your Heart Chakra


MeditateMetta or Loving-Kindness Meditation

This meditation is a method for developing compassion and is a great one to use when you’re in a place of feeling challenged by, or frustrated with yourself and/or another person. Loving-kindness, or Metta, as it’s called in the Pali language, is unconditional, inclusive love—a love with wisdom. It has no conditions. It does not depend on whether someone “deserves” it or not. It is not restricted to friends and family, rather extends out from the personal to include all living beings.

Instructions:

  1. Wherever you are, take a seat, close your eyes, and bring awareness to your breath.
  2. Breathing in and out from the heart center, begin by generating a kind, loving feeling toward yourself.
  3. Feel any areas of mental blockage or numbness, self-judgment or self-hatred.
  4. Then drop beneath that to the place where you care for yourself, where you want strength and health and safety for yourself. Choose one of the following phrases (or make one up for yourself) and silently say …
    • May I be filled with loving kindness
    • May I be well
    • May I be peaceful and at ease
    • May I be truly happy
  5. Next, choose someone that you care for deeply or, on the contrary, who you feel most challenged by, and repeat the phrase, exchanging “I” with “you.”
    • May you be filled with loving kindness
    • May you be well
    • May you be peaceful and at ease
    • May you be truly happy
  6. Then expand your awareness to the entire planet and radiate the loving kindness to all living beings.
    • May all beings be filled with loving kindness
    • May all beings be well
    • May all beings be peaceful and at ease
    • May all beings be truly happy
  7. At the end, slowly open your eyes, take a couple moments to center yourself, and continue on with your day.

Thank you to the Chopra Center for this perfect way to recharge your day and your chakra balance.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet
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FREE CHAKRA MEDITATION TO BALANCE YOUR LIFE


“It is a wonderful chakra meditation. I did it last night and felt grounded and complete for the first time in a while. I highly recommend this book and mp3 file to anyone interested in working with chakras.” ~ Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas, http://www.globalgoddess.org

“I turn on this meditation at the end of yoga classes during Savasana. It’s a soothing ten-minute tune-up for the chakra centers.” ~ Karen Joy, Open Heart Practice

NOTE: The Chakra Meditations are always free on my website; TODAY,  THE CHAKRA DIARIES, my book containing the meditations, is also free on Amazon Kindle.

The Chakra Meditations are a short, but powerful, guided visualization, taking you from the root chakra to the crown. Thoughts and images are energy forms themselves, and have the power to move your energy into balance. Feel free to read these meditations for yourself, to a class, or to download my version accompanied by Aryeh David’s “Love’s Whispers” music.

THE ROOT CHAKRA

Inhale deeply, hold your breath and then exhale. Bring your attention to the base of your spine. Visualize a red whirling ball of energy there. See the red getting brighter and stronger as it goes down both your legs – filling every cell with invigorating energy. Let it flow out through your feet into the center of the earth. Let the healing red energy form deep roots anchoring you, holding you safe and secure. Know that you belong on this earth. With a deep breath, draw up the healing energy of Mother Earth into your root chakra. Feel the security, strength and comfort of belonging here in your chosen place.

THE SACRAL CHAKRA

Inhale deeply, hold your breath and then exhale. The red whirling ball of energy moves up to the center of your pelvis and turns into a beautiful orange color. This second chakra is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Listen to the gentle, flowing music and begin to move with it, allowing your body to relax into it and flow with it. Let go of any pain or tension. Be aware of every sensation in your body. Enjoy them. Allow yourself to become part of the music of life.

THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

Inhale deeply, hold your breath and then exhale. The vortex of energy moves up to your navel and turns bright yellow, right at your core. Breathe in and out of your core, building up the power of your center. Be open to the vitality, purpose and majesty of this bright yellow fire of life. Know that you can use this power to heal old pain and to remove old wounds. Breathe in and out of the flames of this inner sun and feel your body radiate with new purpose, wisdom and strength.

THE HEART CHAKRA

Feel the yellow sacral chakra light travel up the spine to the center of your chest, the home of the heart chakra. Breathe in and out a beautiful emerald green, with love, joy and compassion for other people and yourself. Feel any tension blocking the flow here, shutting off or shutting out love. Any anger or fear is past, it can be healed. When you let it go, you’ll feel your true essence of love and joy. To send forgiveness, wrap those people who have caused you pain in the bright green light, cleansing and healing the situation. Release yourself and them from any negative connections, only keeping the good. Let go of anger to have space for love to grow. Now, with love and compassion, wrap yourself and your whole life experience in healing green light.

THE THROAT CHAKRA

The healing green light of the heart chakra moves up the spine to the throat, where it becomes a beautiful sky blue. Breathe in the blue light, then fill your lungs and let your throat open wide and sing whatever tone or note feels right… AAAH!  You know what to say and what not to say, how to communicate well. Feel yourself singing out clear energy, loving notes, healing vibrations for yourself and the entire universe. Make yourself heard and listen well to the love that returns to you.

THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA

The color blue travels up to the third eye, the chakra of intuition, and turns an indigo color. Here we return to the magic of childhood, to unlimited possibilities, to skills we have always had but which were pushed out of sight. Now we are reintroduced to our true vision, as we breathe in and out the color indigo. We begin to awaken and clarify our inner vision and to have a clear picture of what we want our lives to be. We also awaken to a different kind of seeing, clairvoyance or clear sight, that allows us to look inside and beyond the limits of time and space.

THE CROWN CHAKRA

As we move up to the spiritual chakra at the crown of the head, the color indigo turns to violet. All we have learned and healed through the lower six chakras merges and travels up the spine, creating a purple color. Here we open ourselves to awareness of the divine and our highest consciousness. Focus on breathing in the violet light, relaxing, letting go. Keeping your focus on the crown of your head, allow the chakra to open, visualizing it as a crown of light above your head. Feel it expanding and opening to the wonder and radiance of spirit. Send love up and out the crown chakra and then welcome its return in a beam of light that pours down through your whole being. Let the energy flow through you and around you and embrace totality.

Breathe in the power and the healing. Imagine a rainbow of light pouring down your body, from your crown chakra down to your root chakra, enveloping you in harmony with everything above and below and around you.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries (FREE ON KINDLE TODAY)

www.thechakras.org

Too Much Work To Do? Think Vacation!


“Treat every day like it’s the day before vacation, and you will get more work done!” ~ Zig Ziglar

Have a deadline facing you? Or just procrastinating on writing or reading a book, doing your taxes (I filed an extension, did you?) or setting up your new website?

Follow these tips to help you treat every day like you are leaving on vacation tomorrow:

  • Be organized. Make a list. Be organized in your work and in your life, as if you were leaving on a jet plane tomorrow! Make a checklist of everything you’ve got to get done today — then see exactly where you can fit in your most important tasks.
  • Delegate. When you go on vacation, you probably leave other people in charge of things, like taking care of your pet or getting your mail. What time-consuming, non-work activities are you doing that you can delegate to someone else, a family member or an intern or colleague that could help you with things like research, website updates and other business tasks?
  • Let the unimportant stuff slide. Don’t get sidetracked cleaning out the garage, shopping for a new swimsuit for your vacation – turn the 80/20 rule around (that 20% of your efforts will bring you 80% of your reward). Spend 80% of your time on the 20% of your activities that will bring you success.
  • Do the hard stuff first. Face the stuff you don’t enjoy first – paying bills, editing your book, writing a report, reading a tutorial, for instance. Then, you can get to the more fun, creative work you love, for instance, writing a book or designing a new product.
  • Unplug. It’s a good idea to unplug appliances when you leave for vacation and an even better idea to unplug from social media and your phone during scheduled work time.  Complete your daily work goals before checking emails, returning phone calls and blogging.
  • Get serious. Make a commitment to tackle your daily to-do list. If you were really coming to visit me in Hawaii the next day and wouldn’t be back for a week, you’d have to get it done, right?
  • Meditate. Seriously, taking a 10-minute break to meditate will reduce stress, sharpen your cognitive skills and still your chattering mind to let inspiration flow in. To download a FREE 10-minute Chakra Meditation that will do the trick, go to www.http://www.thechakras.org/meditations.html.

Check your to-do list to make sure it’s doable, prioritize, delegate, and keep in mind the goal of lying in the hammock out in the sun after your work’s done.

When you do, you’ll not only get more done in a shorter amount of time, but you’ll also experience less stress and find yourself with more free time to do the things you want.

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

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RAINBOWS ARE FOR MEDITATION TOO!


A beautiful rainbow appeared out my window this morning. Usually, the rainbow is just in my mind, as I do a 10-minute chakra meditation each morning, for peace and harmony in the day ahead. I focus on breathing in the colors of the rainbow, associated with each chakra, to strengthen and balance them.

I have found that inner work is reflected in the outer world. So, visualizing a ball of golden light in my Solar Plexus Chakra, or the center of power and self-confidence, actually leads to more self-esteem in all my dealings. Breathing in an aura of green into my Heart Chakra leads me to express more love and compassion, both for myself and others.

If you’d like to try the Chakra Meditations from The Chakra Diaries, they are now free to listen to and download at http://www.thechakras.org/meditations.html.

Many blessings of rainbow energy in the New Year!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

Mind-Body Healing Meditations


Q: Becca, I can’t sit in silent meditation without distraction. How can I reap the health benefits of meditation?

A: Many people have trouble with the Eastern, passive style of meditation. If you want to tap into  mind-body healing through meditation, an effective and convenient way is to use guided visualizations. They are easy-to-use self-help tools that bypass your busy, critical mind, to install healing images in your subconscious, which is in charge of our habits and beliefs.

Imagery has long been considered a healing tool in virtually all of the world’s cultures, including Hawaii where I study the ancient Huna philosophy.

Guided visualizations start by bringing you into a state of relaxation, or the Alpha State, usually through deep abdominal breathing. Then, you are led to imagine symbols, colors, spirit guides, or listen to affirmations that will lead you toward balance, release of tension, and restoration of your body’s natural healing abilities.

If you are good at entering a state of relaxation and imagination, you can start right away with a few deep breaths, then visualize any pain you might be having. What does it feel like? Imagine your pain as a knife, a rope or any other symbol that comes to mind. Then pull out the knife, untie the rope or fill the place of pain with a healing green light. See your body healing as the healing light repairs broken bones, soothes sore muscles or dissolves tumors.

Visualizations create powerful impact on the subconscious mind! Finish with an image of yourself doing something that symbolizes perfect health and feel the joy in doing it.

It’s often easier to start with listening to a taped visualization with the soothing voice of a healing guide accompanied by soft, beautiful music. For an overall toning of your health and well-being, try my Chakra Meditations from The Chakra Diaries, available for free download at www.thechakras.org.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

 

FEEL BALANCED AFTER YOGA PRACTICE


Q: Becca, I do yoga every day, but the chakra balance test showed I still have chakras out of balance. It’s hard to believe. Any advice?

A: Not all yoga classes are created equal. I personally recommend yoga classes that end with a Chakra Meditation while the class lies in Savasana, corpse pose, or the pose of pure relaxation. Listen to my Chakra Meditations from The Chakra Diaries, download it onto your iPod and listen to it at the end of your yoga practice and let me know how you’re feeling.
Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries
http://www.thechakras.org

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I MEDITATE?


Regularity is key to reap the benefits of meditation – calmness of mind, body and spirit, increased health (lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and other stress-induced illnesses).

Try these tips to make meditation a successful part of your daily routine:

Make it a Habit – Try to schedule the same time each day for your meditation, for instance, just after awakening or just before bedtime.

Exercise – Doing yoga or other stretches first can relax your body, making it easier to sit in meditation.

Location – Choose a quiet spot with a cool breeze, just for meditation.

Sitting – Sit with your back straight, chest raised, head erect, eyes closed and hands resting palms upturned, in your lap.

Realistic time – It’s better to start meditating 5 to 15 minutes at a time and be very consistent about it, then increase your time as you can. One longer meditation each week is very helpful.

Never fear – there is a meditation style for every personality. For example, Type A’s may prefer a more active style of meditation, such as guided visualizations, which can offer the same benefits of relaxation. To try a guided visualization that you can listen to lying down, try this Chakra Meditation.

For more information, please go to http://www.TheChakras.org or contact Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, holistic counselor and yoga and meditation instructor at Becca@TheChakras.org.

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