Guided Meditation: 3rd Chakra and the Power of the Sun

Want to feel confident and powerful? Embody the strength of the sun. I know…sounds like a little much, but as Hafiz said – “you are the sun in drag”…so let’s put the outfit on for a few minutes and see how it feels, shall we?

 

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Own Your Power – Balancing the 3rd Chakra

One of my favorite Hindu deities is Ganesha. He’s just so lovable.

 

Ganesha is a playful god with the head of an elephant. Ganesha makes me think of beginnings. He’s the remover of obstacles, the patron of the arts and sciences…Ganesha to me is friendly, congenial, your best buddy that’s there to support you and call you out.

 

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Remover of Obstacles

People worship Ganesh when they’re hoping to clear a path. We’re making sure that we can get to our goals with little disruption and difficulty. These are very understandable wishes.

 

But the great philosophers also say that our obstacles are important for our personal growth.

 

In Ryan Holiday’s beautiful “The Obstacle is the Way”, he uses the lessons of the Stoic masters, including Marcus Aurelius to support his thesis:  

 

The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”

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Why I’ve been gone for a few days

On Monday morning, I had a miscarriage.

 

This is difficult to say. And not because of the actual event – my body, hormones, and emotions have made it VERY clear that this pregnancy is over.

 

Instead, it feels difficult to say this because it feels weird to talk about me, and because I’m scared of feeling like I’m saying it for attention.

 

And even though I have a fear of pity or attracting too much attention, I feel like I have to say it for all of the people who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss and haven’t said anything.

 

You know what’s been hard about experiencing my miscarriage? It’s the feeling that I’ve already been shrouded in secrecy for months, and I don’t know how to climb out of it.

 

You see, being pregnant taught me just how isolating it is to be pregnant.
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Vinyasa Yoga – Continuous Movement

Today’s yoga sequence is a short, continuous, and circular flow. Use this sequence to reset your energy and find smooth, continuous movement.

 

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Circles and Seasons Guided Meditation + Listener Q&A

Let’s do an 8 minute guided meditation to experience the circles and seasons occurring internally as well as externally. We’ll converge that energy through our meditation. Then, tune in to an answer to a listener question: “how do I acknowledge and give myself credit for? And How do I let things go?

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Vegan chocolate chip granola bars

Since we’ve been talking about the cyclical, seasonal nature of life, it seemed fitting to share a recipe from my past today that I’ve recently resurrected.

 

My mother started making her famous granola bars when I was probably 8 or 9. Every single week, these gooey, delicious granola bars were prepped on the weekend and then lovingly packed for a week’s worth of lunches. They started to show up for parties, special occasions, and anytime we needed a snack. The liquid for the granola bars was a combination of butter and maple syrup heated up on the stove top, and the smell was intoxicating.

 

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Circles and Seasons : the most important perspective to bring happiness

Let’s talk about circles, cycles, and seasons. From a global scale all the way down to the breath – our life is ruled by circles, cycles, and seasons. It’s amazing how much of our sadness or anger is due to a desire to stop this change – we either want to hold on to what is here or to push away what we don’t want anymore. Let’s talk about how to view the circles and seasons PLUS why Ayurveda says we need to adjust our routines based on these external seasons.

In Today’s Episode:
-What cycles and seasons are at play in the world around us.
-How these external cycles relate to our internal cycles.
-Bending time with our perspective.
-How to adjust daily routines to the cycles around you.

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread for Grounding

In honor of our conversation about Muladhara Chakra, I wanted to share a recipe that is grounding, hearty, and nourishing. This pumpkin bread fits the bill.

According to Ayurveda, this pumpkin bread would be decidedly Vata balancing. It’s sweet, a little heavy, and full of nourishing vitamins and minerals. It’s something to keep you warm during cool winter days.

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Balancing Muladhara Chakra – First Chakra

As I’ve explained in previous blog posts, I LOVE exploring the chakra system. I find the chakras are a powerful tool for helping to explain the mind-body connection, and put context to the things we feel and experience in our bodies and minds every day.

 

Today, I want to take a deep dive into Muladhara chakra, which is the root chakra.

 

Like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the order of the chakras is important. In chakra theory, you can’t truly balance a higher chakra until you’ve found balance in a lower chakra. We need to be aware of the lower chakras whenever we seek to balance a specific chakra, which means that the first, lowest chakra – Muladhara – comes up in every balancing conversation.

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What is Muladhara Chakra?

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