meditation Archives - Deb Sheppard

Are Your Chakras Out Of Alignment?

I have attached my Tibetan Singing Bowl Chakra Meditation just for you! It’s a Balancing Act for our Chakra’s right now.

These swirling wheels of energy that correspond with our nerve centers in our bodies are spinning wildly right now.  Do you feel it?  I’m sure do. I am working to keep my energy in alignment each day so I thought I would share some information and tips on how to get into and keep in balance.

The word chakra translates to “wheel” and you have seven main chakras or energy centers in your body.  You may have heard the word chakra or have seen the picture of someone doing yoga with the circle of colors that lineup with your spine up to the top of your head.   It is important that all of your energy centers stay open, aligned and fluid.  If there is a blockage, energy flows are restricted.  Much like a drain, if there is something blocking a bathtub drain it won’t drain correctly and water will stagnate.  This is the same with the energy in your body.  If it is blocked it will not move and will back up and stagnate.  The good thing is it is easy to fix.  You can learn to balance your chakras.  Here are some very simple and easy to apply ways to balance your chakra system.  

Root Chakra

Root Chakra

 The root is the color red and moves the slowest of all the chakras.  It represents our foundation.  On the human body it sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded.  When this chakra is open, we feel confident in ourselves with the ability to handle challenges and stand on our own two feet.  When it’s blocked, we feel threatened, as if we’re standing on unstable ground.

Some of the ways to see if this chakra is out of balance, you may notice health concerns from the bottom of your spine to your feet.  If you are falling or tripping and emotionally feel afraid that you will not be able to manage things that are unexpected in life.

If you feel that you are in survival mode, this is a clue that this chakra requires some attention.   If your root chakra is out of balance the rest of your chakras will follow. 

The element of the first chakra is Earth. Get outside and connect with Mother Earth, this is the best way to begin to stabilize this chakra.  Walk outside with bare feet if you can.  Wear red clothing. 

Wear my Hematite bracelet close to your body or on your wrist as this will help “ground” you and decrease anxiety.  Use the mantra “I am grounded therefore, I am safe”. Eat beets, red berries, watermelon or red spices like paprika.  

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Sacral Chakra

This is the second chakra and is located in the lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel.  It is the color orange and relates to our emotions and the emotions of others.  It supports our creativity and sexual energy, our sense of abundance, well-being, and pleasure when it’s in balance.  

When this chakra is blocked it could feel a lack of control in your life.

The element is water and the stone to help with the balance is the Tiger’s Eye.   Go swimming or be near water, sit near a water feature which can help with the healing of this chakra.  Turn on your television to a water fall or water feature, listen to water on a meditation app.   Paint or play a musical instrument,  color a mandala to bring in the creative energy.  Use mandarin or orange oil in a diffuser. 

Wear the tigers eye Transformation Mala from my mala collection. 

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Solar Plexus Chakra

This is the third chakra and it is located in the upper abdomen in the stomach area.  It is the color yellow.  This chakra speaks to your ability to be confident and in control of your life. Do you remember a time when you had butterflies in your stomach or felt an unsteady feeling in your gut?  The third chakra controls our self-worth, confidence and self-esteem.  The element is fire and the stone for this chakra is Amber. 

If this chakra is closed, you may feel overwhelming amounts of shame and self-doubt.  I have not listened to my gut feeling and regretted it. 

Wear yellow! This goes for all the chakras. By wearing the color of the chakras and by being in touch with the element of the chakra you can help to balance it.  Wear a fluorite Mala (Release) as it is the same vibration as your third eye.  Get out in the sun and under the blue skies.  Connecting with the element of light will help to balance this chakra.  

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Heart Chakra

This is the fourth chakra and of course it’s where your heart is located, we will put our hand over our hearts when we feel love or sadness in life.  This chakra can influence our ability to give and receive love-from others and ourselves. When this chakra is blocked you will have difficulty opening up to people and sharing your experiences,  I work with so many clients on their heart chakra because most of us are not good at receiving or asking for help, this in itself can create a block.   We need to receive as much as we give to allow this chakra to be open to wonderful things the universe wants to provide.

The Heart chakra controls love, joy and inner peace, it is the color green or pink.  The element is Air and the stone to help balance the heart is Rose Quartz (see the Heart Healing Mala).  

Take deep breaths, go out into the open air and exercise by expanding your chest.  We need to be reminded to take deep breaths.  Open a window to feel a breeze or go outside to feel a breeze.  The element of wind can open your heart chakra.  I have my Apple Watch set to remind me to get up and breath.  Our normal breathing does not expand our chest the way we need to open up our heart chakra.  Eat green foods like spinach, green apples, honeydew melon.  Light a green candle or look at pictures of green forests or green in nature. 

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Throat Chakra

This is the fifth chakra and is located of course in the throat, it is the color blue or turquoise.  This chakra rules over our communication both speaking and listening and when this chakra is balanced, we can express ourselves clearly from our heart.  If this chakra is blocked, you may have trouble expressing to others how you truly feel, and you may also have extreme feelings of guilt, you may feel you aren’t being heard or constantly need to repeat the same things over and over, which leaves you feeling frustrated and ignored.  This chakra also shares the element of truth. 

Listen to sound, music, water, a baby’s laughter.  Look at the blue sky or burn a blue candle. Go outside or to a private area where you can vocalize as loud or as soft as you like.  Foods you can enjoy for balancing your throat chakra are blueberries, grapes, black currants, eggplant or plums.

Use aquamarine to heal and balance or get the Expressive Mala which will help you balance.

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Third Eye Chakra

This is the sixth chakra and is located on the forehead between our eyes.  This chakra controls our ability to see the big picture and connect to our intuition.  Think of it as the eye of the soul.  Visions and intuitive hits are common for the individual with an open third-eye chakra.

However, the other lower chakras require balance for the third eye to work at it’s best.  If you don’t trust your gut, if you feel not heard or ungrounded then this chakra will be challenged.

The chakra controls intuition, imagination, and wisdom.   The is color purple and the element is light.  Get outside into the sun.  Wear purple or indigo or you can burn a purple candle.  Eat foods high in omega 3’s like nuts or chocolate.  Drink green tea.  Wear amethyst (one of my favorite stones) which is on the Spiritual Connection or Empower with Lapis Lazuli Mala.   Use the mantra “I see clearly” during meditation with your mala. 

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Crown Chakra

This chakra is the seventh chakra and it sits at the crown of the head and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. When you fully open your crown chakra-something that can be difficult for most, you are able to access a higher consciousness.  While our root chakra connects us to mother earth, our crown chakra is our gateway to enlightenment and the spiritual realm.

It controls inner and outer beauty and spiritual connection.  The color is violet or white and the stone is clear quartz.  To help open this chakra practicing your spiritual beliefs are essential.  Make this a routine practice.  There is no right or wrong way to practice, just embrace what you believe and make it part of your daily life.  Wear the color violet or burn a violet candle.  I recommend you create a space that is violet, eat white or violet colored foods like onions, white potatoes, plums, grapes, figs, or raisins as this will address an imbalance.

All chakras go into and out of balance from time to time as they can become unbalanced from what happens in our day to day lives. The foods we eat, the conditions of our homes, our job or the people in our life can affect how we can become unbalanced.  Paying attention to our bodies and what we say and think can block or unblock our energy.

When we understand that there is something beyond us, something bigger than just what happens in our daily lives, we can grow and love with a greater capacity.  

More easy things to do to balance your chakras:

Listen to or read positive things.  Have fresh flowers or plants in your environment.  Choose the color of clothing you wear with purpose to balance your chakras.  Find things to laugh about or watch comedy.  Hand write a letter to a friend or family member.  Get out-doors, this will do wonders for all of your chakras.  Cook your favorite meal.  Dance!  Drink water and exercise.  Adopt a shelter animal and spoil it rotten. Get off social media or the news for a while because this will help lessen your stress.  Wear a Chakra Balance Mala

 The key to chakras is to pay attention and to keep them balanced an aligned. Understanding your emotions and your body can help you identify where your chakra energy is blocked to maintain the balance. 

Here is my chakra mediation I created with singing bowls to help balance all your chakras, give it a try.

Singing Bowl Meditation

Namasté

Deb Sheppard 

The Power Of Mala Beads. Everything About Mala’s.

I sat down with my good friend Sarita from Tibet Imports a few months ago.   Sarita grew up in Nepal and is an incredible Vedic Astrologer and Mala maker.   She is also a kind and wonderful person.  Together we created my own exclusive Mala line and every single one is handmade.   Every bead and color chosen has a very specific purpose and I have blessed or activated them.  I can’t wait to share what we have done.  First, I will give you some information about Mala’s because there are so many powerful things about them.  

Vedic Astrology means “the science of light”.    Vedic science comes from the Vedas, one of the oldest spiritual scriptures in India dating back to 1,500-2,000 BCE.  It gives us the ability to see into our lives with more clarity.  Vedic science is the science of self-knowledge.  Through self-realization everything is known.  This gives us the realization that the Divine Spirit is within all things, and our connection and unity to Spirit.

A full Mala is a string of 108 beads used for meditation to count the mantras, or intentions.  It is also all about the beads as every bead possesses energetic qualities and this is why we chose very specific beads for my line of Mala.  Why 108 beads? There are so many reasons but here are a few. 

  • Renowned Vedic mathematicians believed that the number 108 represent the wholeness of existence
  • There are 108 marma points (concentrated centers of energy) in the human body
  • In the tantric systems of subtle physiology, there are said to be 108 nadis (energy channels) that converge to form the heart chakra.
  • According to Yogi tradition, there are 108 sacred places on the body
  • Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the soul
  • We have 108 bones in the human body
  • In Vedic astrology there are 12 houses and 9 planets.  12 times 9=108
  • 108 in Vedic Mathematics is called a harshed (great joy) number, which is an integer divisible by its digits
  • There are 108 human feelings, 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present and 26 related to the future
  • The Ganga, India’s sacred river spans a longitude of 12 degrees, 79 to 21, and a latitude of 9 degrees, 22 to 31. 12 times 9 =108
  • It is said that 1 stands for “God” or the higher truth. 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.
  • The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
  • The average distance of the Moon from Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
  • In Astrology, the metal silver is said to represent the moon.  The atomic weight of silver is 108.
  • Chemistry periodic charts have 108 elements.  We have 108 elements in the Universe

A Mala is useful for bringing the energy of the universe to you or giving energy out to the universe or others.  Wearing a Mala can help you concentrate your mind and may help focus on the intention you are creating.  In meditation create your Mantra and practice your Mantra for 40 days.  You can use a simple word, sentence or phrase with the intention of channeling a specific energy.  OM is the most universal mantra out there and it is believed to represent the entirety of your consciousness.  Because of that it can mean anything you want.  You can also have a word or phrase that is specific to what you are manifesting.  It is up to you. 

It is also a personal choice on how you wear your Mala.  You should wear it on you left wrist to receive energy or to bring energy towards you, the left is moon energy.  You wear it on your right wrist to give energy, the right is the sun energy.  The moon or left side of your body is feminine and the right side including the sun is masculine energy.  Or you can wear it as a necklace to absorb the intention you are creating.  Keep in mind the stone needs to touch your skin because the heat from your body and oil from your body need to touch the stone to receive the energy from the stone.

Your Mala will come cleansed for you but there are many ways to cleanse energy from your stones.  You can burn sage, Palo Santo wood, incense, rose water or hand them in the light of the full moon.   It is not suggested to wear your Mala to bed or in the shower.  Do not store your Mala on the floor or in the bathroom.

If your Mala breaks be very happy because all the intention and thought’s you are trying to shift have shifted.  It will encourage you to move forward to a higher level.  You can repair your broken Mala with a new thread and tassel, or you can offer it to the earth.

Now to share the Mala’s.   They are beautiful and powerful.   Take a look.

MALA’S

If You Find Meditation Challenging This Will Help.

This question is often asked because people want to learn how to meditate and struggle with quieting their mind.  Yet…they have a desire to connect with their guides and loved ones and want to seek answers while they are going through struggles in life.  They also want to learn to trust their gut.

I reflect to the Tibetan monks who have no partners, no children, no stressful career and no bills to pay.  They can sit in a lotus position and allow their minds to hear nothing.  But, for the rest of us, we feel so guilty for even taking a moment of quiet time for ourselves.

Our daily to do list never stops and taking extra time out of a day can be a challenge.  The demands on most of us are constant and feeling guilty for taking time out complicates the purpose of meditation.  Is this you?  

First of all, for me to even sit in a lotus position is painful.  My knees hurt, then my back and my shoulders begin to feel uncomfortable and even spasm.  Sound familiar?  So, I like to be creative when it comes to meditating.  

What’s the purpose of meditating?  It’s merely to quiet our world and focus on the present.  To become centered and relax our body and our mind.  To create a moment of peace while living a very hectic life.  Sometimes your mind will still chatter, and thoughts will come in and leave, but that’s 100% okay.  Just compare it to when you are trying a new exercise to flatten one’s stomach muscles.  It’s not going to change right away, it will take some time to see the results. 

This may sound very strange, but some of my best meditations I have are during the time I blow dry my hair.  I put my phone in another room.  I typically won’t try to talk on the phone while I’m using a loud machine next to my ears.  I will receive messages from my guides, sometimes I have new ideas or solutions for things I am working on. Often, I will play solitaire on my phone because it helps me find that relaxed state of mind.  It certainly doesn’t look spiritual, but it works for me.  I’ve been meditating a very long time, and there are still times that my mind doesn’t want to relax.  

Just find what works for you.  For some, meditating while taking a shower or bath works.  You can imagine chakra colors and imagine cleaning any energy you want to release into the water and back to mother earth.

Others find that being out in nature is a great form of meditation. Seeing the beauty of our planet and taking deep breaths while allowing your mind to become calm. 

Basically, use anything that calms your soul.  Try coloring mandalas (or adult coloring books) cooking a simple meal, even folding your freshly washed clothes.  This may not make sense, but these are things tasks where you don’t have to think, problem solve or worry about being judged.

It’s doing something that is repetitious and is very familiar to you.  Being in a quiet room, with candles, soft music, and comfortable clothing is a beautiful way to meditate.  However, for some individuals that are new to meditation, I have found that they are frustrated for not doing it “right.”  That’s the first challenge.  You are not doing anything wrong.  Just try to find what works for you.  What will allow you to relax your mind, body, and spirit?

Just begin. The first step is to fit some form of meditation into your regular routine.  There will be less guilt in the process of taking out of your busy life, and it won’t be such a challenge to make it happen.

You can find all types of meditations, even on the internet.  I have a few I have created, but there is no wrong or right way to meditate.  It can be a simple process.  Do not get frustrated with your perception of meditation versus the reality when you begin.  It’s like looking at a cover of a beauty magazine with the image of a perfect body that 99.9% don’t have.  We all look different and beautiful in our own way, and this is precisely how meditation can be for you.

Try to not put pressure on yourself, relax by watching funny videos that are accessible online, set up a Pinterest account with positive or funny boards.  Just make a commitment to begin.

We have a judgmental society and meditation isn’t customarily taught to us as children. Our lives have all become so “busy”.   Give yourself permission to begin to experience and use different ways to calm your mind and soul, it will be something you will be able to call upon whenever you need it. 

Happy meditating!