Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Diamonds in the Sun, song by Girish

"Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be Happy and Free

We shine like diamonds in the sun
Everyone of us
Everyone of us shines"

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Affirmations for all Seven Chakras

For the past seven months in class, I have read these affirmations with the monthly chakra and then cumulatively month by month adding on the new ones during svasana (relaxation) when the mind and body are most receptive to absorb such good medicine.  Maybe you would like to read them each morning, use them with your meditation, or choose one of your favorites from each chakra and remember to say it when you need a boost or support in that realm of your consciousness during the day or night.  You could calligraphy, paint, or draw some of them and post them by your meditation cushion or around your house.  Or, record yourself reading them to play back during your own personal svasana or as you drift off to sleep at night (which is a really good time to set positive intentions for your dreams and contented rest).

What a gift it has been to dive deeply into each chakra and learn about our own personal navigational system, to learn how to assess these aspects of ourselves and take care from within so we can let our light shine all around us.

by Danna Faulds

In the midst of difficulty,
my curiosity is piqued
and I aim the lance
of self-inquiry into the
center of my deepest fears.

I give myself permission
to feel exactly what I feel,
to be just as I am, and in
that self-acceptance I find
energy, awareness, and a
thousand gifts I never
guessed were with me
all along.

Here's to your bright light!  May you remember you have it, keep looking within to find it to the fullest, keep looking deeply into the others in your life to see their light too, and honor and celebrate that eternal divine light within and all around!

(The following affirmations come from Anodea Judith's book:  Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self except for those marked with ^ or *)  

First Chakra - Muladhara
(tip of the tailbone, base of the body; element-Earth; color-red; seed sound-LAM)

It is safe for me to be here.
The earth supports me and meets my needs.
I love my body and trust its wisdom.
I am immersed in abundance.
I'm here and I'm real.
^I am grateful for the earth's support.
^I am secure and unafraid.

Second Chakra - Svadisthana
(lower abdomen/back; element-Water; color-orange; seed sound-VAM)

I deserve pleasure in my life.
I absorb information from my feelings.
I embrace and celebrate my sexuality.
My sexuality is sacred.
I move easily and effortlessly.
Life is pleasurable.
^I welcome and accept all of my emotions.
^My life is full of creative opportunities.

Third Chakra - Manipura
(solar plexus; element - Fire; color - yellow; seed sound-RAM)

I honor the power within me.
I accomplish tasks easily and efforlessly.
The fire within me burns through all blocks and fears.
I can do whatever I will to do.
^I am loving and appropriately powerful.
*I am gemlike: solid, multifaceted, filled with light.

Fourth Chakra - Anahata
(heart center; element-Air; color-green; seed sound-YAM)

I am worthy of love.
I am loving to myself and others.
There is an infinite supply of love. 
I live in balance with others.
^My immunity is boosted by love given and received.

Fifth Chakra - Vissudha
(throat; element-Sound; color-bright blue; seed sound-HAM)

I hear and speak the truth.
I express myself with clear intent.
Creativity flows in and through me.
My voice is necessary.
^I trust my inner voice and speak the truth clearly.
*I have discovered my authentic voice and can be myself in all situations.
* My communication is clear and untainted.
*I approach others with compassion and kindness.
*I have the space to see myself clearly and allow the divine wisdom of the universe guide each moment of my life.

Sixth Chakra - Ajna
(third eye center; element-Light; color-indigo; seed sound-OM)

I see all things in clarity.
I am open to the wisdom within.
I can manifest my vision.

Seventh Chakra - Sahasrara
(crown of the head; element-Thought; color-violet; seed sound-AH)

Divinity resides within.
I am open to new ideas.
Information I need comes to me.
The world is my teacher.
I am guided by higher power.
I am guided by inner wisdom.

* This affirmation is modified from Chakra Yoga: Balancing Energy for Physical, Spiritual, and Mental Well-Being by Alan Finger with Katrina Repka 

^ This affirmation is modified from Chakra Workout: Balancing Your Energy with Yoga and Meditation by Mary Horsley