This morning I recorded meditations to connect with the sixth and seventh chakras. The sixth chakra, known as the Third Eye, is above the bridge of the nose and is represented by the colour indigo. It assists in connecting to our intuition and helps to discriminate and clarify what is true for us. It also supervises the other chakras and can be known as the seat of the soul.
Our seventh chakra, known as the Crown, is above the top of the head and is represented by the colour violet. It allows us to connect with universal energy and a sense of spaciousness. It is most easily accessed in meditation and helps bring us into a state of inner calm and stillness, to feel centred.
My experience of being in the menopause has taken me to many dark places within myself and yet by confronting, with loving kindness and self-compassion, the pain has become more tolerable and I have come to accept that there is opportunity for a deepening of my understanding of what it means not only to be human but to be a woman of a certain age.
I have found that I have more energy now to fulfil a longing to be playful and to embrace this stage of life, and using the energy centres of the chakra system along with Mindfulness techniques I have found a wonderful way to keep energised and hopeful of the wonderful experiences that are around the corner.
The snow fell quickly and quietly on Sunday morning and within a very short period of time it had covered the ground and branches of the trees, dramatically changing the vista of the countryside.
Along with this, the goldfinches, chaffinches and robins started to arrive at the bird table, hungry for food they couldn’t find elsewhere. I watched in awe at their beauty and shared my excitement by forwarding photos and videos to friends and family. I realise that all of my senses were heightened by the wonder of this experience.
Listening to the sound of the goldfinches chattering against the background of the stillness of the snowfall helped me connect with my breath which then gave me a sense of spaciousness and oneness.
This reminded me of the importance of the concept of the Beginners Mind in Mindfulness, to see things as if from the eyes of a child, which allowed me to take in the freshness and fullness of this experience and to become more deeply attuned to all of my senses. The sense of calm that I felt was both soothing and heart-warming and the inner transformation that I experienced by this breathtakingly beautiful scene and a sense of calm filled my entire being.
I hope this inspires you to pause for a moment during your day and allow yourself to connect with a Beginners Mind that sees things not through the lens of past experiences and ideas but as if you are seeing something for the first time, with fresh eyes and ears and a newly polished and freshly tuned lens. The snow may have now gone but the beauty and stillness that this gave me can be brought to mind at any moment if I change my focus.The Feeling of the Wind?
The feeling of the wind on my face, particularly over the past few days, has been refreshing and uplifting. It has reminded me of walks along a beach and the wonderful feelings of being invigorated and empowered by nature and its natural presence and force. When I feel the wind on my face and listen to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, the cobwebs of my mind are blown away and I am left with a sense of clarity, calm and joy.
This morning, I woke up feeling tired after a long day yesterday and as I massaged my feet and did some breathing exercises my tiredness began to lift. I realise that by consciously connecting with my breath and body I was able to be with my tiredness rather than try and push my way through it. In Mindfulness we talk about leaning in and allowing rather than forcing something to change.
The common thread between these two experiences of being in my body and connected to my senses was listening and connecting to energy.
Outer and inner listening are so intricately interwoven and I am struck by how this powerful combination helps me to reattune to an inner knowing and to my energy. I may not have recovered my younger self and all of the flexibility of youth by this awareness, but I have connected with the energy of youth and with this my ageing self feels re-energised and uplifted.
The gifts of both our inner nature and mother Nature abound, I hope you too can find space to pause, listen and connect to these powerful forces.