What Does Each Chakra Represent?
The seven chakras refer to the main energy points that are found in the human body. While they have not been thoroughly examined in medical studies, each chakra is associated with nerve bundles, major organs, and areas of the human energetic body which affect emotional and physical well-being.
What the root chakra represents
The root chakra is found at the base of the spine and is responsible for your feelings of safety and security in life. It is often considered the foundation for all the other chakras which come after. Someone who has a misaligned or unbalanced root chakra may feel restless or unsettled in their career or purpose. Root chakra healing allows positive and supportive energies to come into your life and reestablishes your connection to the earth and your surroundings, relieving some of these fears.
Those who are may be looking for root chakra healing will benefit immensely from grounding yourself to the earth and practicing aromatherapy as a complement to regular yoga and meditation.
What the sacral chakra represents
The sacral chakra is mainly associated with emotional responses and regulation and is found in the lower abdomen just below the tailbone. Its energy is directly related to, and is nurtured by, that of the root chakra, and the sacral chakra is what allows us to creatively deal with what emerges from our experiences during our journeys.
Those who have an over- or underactive sacral chakra can display difficulty regulating or showing their emotions in relationships or in reaction to their environments. Wise lifestyle choices can promote healing and wellness in the sacral chakra, including daily exercise and healthy diet as well as using essential oils associated with sacral healing, such as patchouli, orange, sandalwood, or ylang-ylang, in your home or workspace.
What the solar plexus chakra represents
The solar plexus chakra is one of the most blocked chakras and is in the area of the navel. This is the chakra which is primarily associated with self-esteem, willpower, and confidence and a blockage in this energy is the most difficult to avoid, especially when chronically exposed to stressful environments such as in the medical field.
Clearing the blockage in your third chakra (solar plexus) and allowing energy to flow freely through it will help bring you overall wellness. The easiest way to help clear these blockages is through regular meditation, even if you only have a few minutes to dedicate every day. One way to center yourself and meditate would be to imagine a golden flame just below your navel dissolving any hurt or pain stored there as you practice mindful breathing.
What the heart chakra represents
Not surprisingly, the heart chakra is in the chest and is associated with breath and air and is considered the center of human love and connection. A blocked or closed heart chakra can manifest in feelings of isolation or loneliness, shyness, or lacking empathy.
There are many ways to overcome a blockage, excess, or deficiency of the heart chakra including regular meditation and yoga.
What the throat chakra represents
The throat chakra is found at the base of your throat. It’s often considered the seat of emotion and is associated with communication, something that is imperative when working with patients and their treatment plans. When your throat chakra is blocked, it can present with social anxiety, inhibited creativity, and hesitation to speak up for yourself or others.
The most effective ways to help unblock your throat chakra is through meditation and yoga, as well as incorporating soothing and healing foods and drinks into your day.
What the third eye chakra represents
The third eye chakra is positioned at the forehead, and if open, enables you to see how things truly are through all the noise—which is one of the greatest assets a nurse can have when working with patients. When the third eye is closed, you may begin to question your inner voice and doubt your intuition in your daily life causing headaches and a loss of or inability to focus.
The most effective way to help clear the sixth chakra (third eye) is through meditation, yoga, and essential oils such as rosemary, sandalwood, and juniper. Using scented candles or infusers and dedicating even a few minutes of your day to center yourself can help.
What the crown chakra represents
The crown chakra is located on the crown of the head and is closely associated with spirituality, wisdom, and connectedness with those around you. When your crown chakra is out of balance, you might notice that you have trouble setting or maintaining goals, feel more isolation and loneliness, or have more mental fog or headaches than usual.
The most powerful way to help heal or realign your crown chakra is through meditation and yoga. Even if you only have a few minutes to dedicate to meditation, imagine a blooming lotus flower at the crown of your head and practice mindful breathing.
Here are a few practices you can incorporate while at work that can help:
Meditation and yoga are two of the most common ways to open and maintain healthy chakras —but it’s not always easy to find time during a shift to clear your mind and practice these techniques.
• Tapping is an easy and effective clinically proven strategy to help manage stress you can do anywhere, and it only takes about two minutes. Even if you’re looking for a way to focus on gratitude, appreciation, or what you want to manifest for your life, tapping is a great technique to practice in your daily life.
• Micro-restorative practices are small, short exercises you can use throughout your shift either at a desk or station or between patients to help center yourself and practice mindfulness and self-care.
• Mindfulness is a stress reduction technique that can be practiced at any time to help ground yourself and maintain mental presence in the moment to avoid feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious.
How You can Clear Your Chakras for Overall Wellness
It is believed that each chakra provides subtle energy that helps your mind, organs, and intellect work at their peak. When referring to chakra balancing or healing, the focus is on channeling energy into the chakras to treat the energetic body.
Clearing the Root Chakra
Keep your mind on the mantra “I am…” to help clear your mind during meditations to start healing this chakra. If you find yourself feeling unmoored or restless, try introducing root chakra balancing aromatherapy with essential oils such as sandalwood, rosemary, patchouli, myrrh, and ylang-ylang. Include naturally red colored foods, root vegetables and animal proteins into your diet to bring grounding energy into your meals.
Clearing the Sacral Chakra
Focusing on the mantra “I feel…” can help you reflect on feelings of gratitude and speak manifestations to improve focus and start healing this chakra. If you find yourself feeling emotionally unregulated or shut down, try adding more foods rich in Omega-3s, such as salmon. Nuts and seeds such as flax, almonds, walnuts, and sesame can also provide additional fatty Omega-3s and are a more versatile option for every day.
Drinking calendula or hibiscus teas can also help alleviate blockages and promote balance for this chakra.
Clearing the Solar Plexus Chakra
Using the mantra “I do…” can help heal the solar plexus chakra over time with regular practice. If you find yourself grappling with a lack of focus or confidence, try feeding this chakra with complex carbohydrates and whole grains such as oats, brown rice, beans, vegetables, and sprouted grains.
Drinking rosemary and cinnamon teas can also have a calming effect on this chakra, promoting openness and facilitate the removal of blockages.
Clearing the Heart Chakra
Muse over the manta “I love…” can help open the heart chakra and there are also foods you can incorporate that will promote openness as well. If you’re feeling disconnected from your loved ones or feeling especially isolated, try drinking fresh green juice, opt for a salad as one of your meals, or start your day with a green smoothie.
You can also steep jasmine or rose petal teas to promote emotional healing and relieve stress.
Clearing the Throat Chakra
Repeating the manta “I speak…” can help keep the throat chakra open. If you’re having an unusually difficult time expressing your thoughts or feelings at work or home, there are several soothing foods and liquids you can try that would help.
Throat soothing foods include coconut water, herbal teas (try red clover or eucalyptus tea), raw honey, tree fruits, and lemons.
Clearing the Third Eye Chakra
Meditating on the manta “I see…” can help open the third eye chakra and incorporating some foods and herbal teas can keep the third eye free. If you’re feeling unfocused or out of touch, try drinking mint and lemon teas and try to include more “brain foods” into your day than you might otherwise.
Grapes, blueberries, and even cacao can boost serotonin and relieve stress and blockage in your third eye.
Clearing the Crown Chakra
Consider the manta “I understand…” can help calm the crown chakra and center a person’s spirituality and connection to the collective whole. If you’re feeling disconnected or struggling with mental fog, try taking time to center yourself to soothe the crown chakra.
A great way to slow down and help reclaim balance is to drink lavender and lotus root herbal teas.
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