The seventh and final chakra in my two-month-long challenge.
In my ideal world, I would have completed this challenge within one week – one chakra per day. As I don’t have that sort of patience with recordings and voiceovers, I ended up averaging one chakra per week. And that’s OK! One thing I’ve noticed over the past several weeks is that I’m feeling much more content with what I can do. It’s pretty freaking awesome.
The crown chakra is symbolic of your connection with the Divine. The universe, God, Gaia, whatever you’d like to call it. It is the thousand-petaled lotus, a culmination of the openness and harmony of the six other chakras. (So now you see why we start at the bottom 😉)
What fascinates me about connecting with the Divine is that it’s such a polarizing idea. People will either love you for allowing yourself to feel it, criticize you for calling it a different name, or pass you off as one someone who’s loony. Well, that’s just dumb. Your connection (whether you have it or not) is an entirely personal matter that should be respected however you call it.
I could go on and on. But that’s not for today. Today I’m sharing the crown/sahasrara chakra challenge. Credit for the chakra yoga sequences comes from Mark Stephens’ book, “Yoga Sequencing.”
Join me for my experience following a crown chakra sequence. Here are the basics of what I learned:
- crown chakra = sahasrara chakra in Sanskrit
- elements from all chakra sequences
- focus on balance and harmony
- stones: amethyst, moonstone, and opalite
- meditation pose: Hakini mudra in Vajrasana
- mantra: “Ah” and “Om”
- pranayama: nadi shodhana
Even though I was nursing painful hips and a wandering mind, I found this practice absolutely lovely. I recognized aspects from each previous chakra sequence within this crown chakra sequence, and found myself feeling radiant, if I may say so myself.
The biggest takeaway I’ve had from this challenge is that each part of you deserves attention and love. Spend time with yourself. Learn what your body and your mind need on any given day or any given moment. Honor yourself. Replace bad habits and toxic people with radical self care.
It’s time! What are you waiting for?
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