The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for transformation. Life patterns that no longer assist our highest potential such as poor foods choices or unhelpful habits can be replaced with positive and healthful actions. What better time than now?
A journal can be an excellent tool and partner along life’s path. Write down what you want your life to look like in a year and what steps you are willing to take to achieve those goals. Write ten things you want to accomplish this year. Write down 100 things you wish to do in your lifetime. Putting goals on paper is a first step to achieving them.
Take a picture of yourself now. Do another next year at this time. If we keep doing the same things, we are likely to get the same results. Replace a negative habit with a positive one — getting a manicure (preferably with more natural products) rather than biting your nails, for example. Make this the best year ever!
Every year I make a resolution for each chakra. Here are some suggestions where you might find a few ideas to give you inspiration to choose your own New Year’s resolutions.
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(The word chakras comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “wheel.” They are considered energy centers and each chakra corresponds to a color, action and part of the body.)
Perhaps in grade school you or your friends had a chart on the fridge listing chores. Across the top might be the days of the week. After completing a task, and perhaps receiving a star one enjoyed a sense of accomplishment. It’s still a good idea.
Make a list of all the healthy chores (or pleasures!) that would be helpful to you. Include body, mind and spirit things like taking an aromatherapy bath, taking an herbal supplement, eating a salad daily, getting outdoors, or attending a yoga class. One might have as a goal being sugar, alcohol or wheat free all day. Since you most likely couldn’t fulfill all of your goals every day, try for at least seven things daily.
Rather than going to bed at night, saying, “Darn, I forgot to do my eye exercises,” we can affirm we did many healthy things today and tomorrow there will be others!
Next: The 7 Chakras
RED: The first chakra is located at the base of the spine. It corresponds to survival, elimination, and action. Waking one half hour earlier gives you more time for yourself. Stretch before getting out of bed, like babies and animals. If you prepare for morning the night before by packing a healthful lunch, laying out clothing, and whatever papers you need for the day, you can have a more serene day. The best time to exercise is in the morning, when the air is cleaner. Exercise increases endorphin production, enhancing cheerfulness, energy, circulation, digestion, immunity, posture, and elimination. Exercise in open air, or at least with the windows open when possible. Walk or ride a bicycle, taking the less polluted route. Provide back up plans, such as a dance video when inclement weather keeps you home.
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Get rid of clutter. Make someone’s day and what can’t be used give away, have a yard sale, donate to a charity, recycle or reinvent. Red ray foods to include more of are beets, pomegranates, apples, watermelon, radish, hazelnuts, and tomatoes.
ORANGE: The second chakra corresponds to the reproductive organs, kidneys, and adrenals. It is the center for relations, partnerships and sexuality. Connections with friends can be positive. Invite a few friends over. Have healthy potlucks at rotating homes and give everyone the opportunity to put a business card into a hat. Each participant can draw a card and commit to offering an exchange. You might find yourself trading a massage for a feng shui consultation, or a landscaping consultation for a facial. By learning more about the talents of those around us, we create friendships and expand our business. If there is anyone in your life that you need to forgive, owe an apology to, or need to return a borrowed item, do what you can to make it right, if possible. If you are blessed to have found a partner, get healthy together, by exercising or preparing food as a team. Learn about tantra by reading a book such as The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margo Anand or taking a workshop together. Keep learning about love and relationships your entire life. Pumpkin and other winter squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cinnamon, and oranges are foods to bring the orange ray into our lives.
YELLOW: The third chakra corresponds to the solar plexus, naval area, digestion and our center of material comfort. Keeping a food journal and recording what one eats and drinks encourages insight about what is going into our bodies. Do your choices support ultimate health? Say a blessing or take a few deep breaths to get calm and present before eating. Put your fork down between bites. Some people find that using a smaller plate, cocktail fork or chopsticks to dine reminds them to appreciate each bite. We require fuel more so at midday than at night. Some may find that lunch rather than dinner as the main meal may work best. Rather than snacking into the night, right after dinner, floss and brush your teeth to discourage food consumption. If you must eat something choose celery or raw carrot. This year, equip your kitchen with what is needed for healthier living: a blender, food processor, dehydrator, juicer, etc. Cravings are more likely to occur when we are hungry. When craving sweets, choose something crunchy such as an apple. Craving salty foods may indicate that minerals such as those found in sea vegetables are needed. When craving fats, a tablespoon daily of flax seeds or hemp seed oil provides essential fatty acids. Put all of your vitamins and herbal in an easy access place. They don’t work unless you use them!
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Find other ways to reward and comfort yourself other than food. Make a list in your journal. Enjoy the sensual delights of an aromatherapy bath, foot massage, or walking in a beautiful environment be it nature or an art museum. Yellow rayed allies include lemon, banana, almonds, ginger and pine nuts.
GREEN: The fourth chakra corresponds to the heart and lung center. It is the seat of love, forgiveness, and compassion. Breathing more deeply and fully increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. Good posture encourages deep breathing, good circulation, a calmer mind, improved concentration and mood, and better function of all the organs. Wear comfortable clothing that promotes circulation without binding. Take walks in the pine forests or along the beach and breathe the air.
Live a greener life. Support organics. Go vegetarian, or even raw food vegan pedestrian. Recycle more than you already do. Vote with your dollars. Buy that which supports good cause and do your best to consume less that is harmful or polluting to the planet. This may be the year that you stop buying things that require dry cleaning and buy some organic cotton or hemp clothes. We can’t just talk about saving whales and rainforests. Put your money where your mouth is and be willing to donate to at least some good causes. Gardens affirm our belief in the future, even if it’s only on the balcony, or a sprout garden on the kitchen counter. Start or join a community garden. Plant fruit trees. “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is now.” Learn about wild edibles instead of spraying them. Be a steward of the earth and help recreate a paradise. Have an attitude of gratitude. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, arugula, watercress, and avocados give us the green ray. Super foods like barley grass and wheat grass juice, blue green algae, spirulina and chlorella can be highly energizing, alkalinizing and help support us when letting go of addictions.
BLUE: The fifth chakra corresponds to the base of throat, thyroid and parathyroid. It is the center of the spoken word and communication. Speak out more. Take time to sign petitions or write letters to the editor about community concerns. Is there something that you might like to teach others or give a class on? Before I taught at a university, I gave herb walks for my daughter’s Brownie troops. It all starts somewhere. Have a hobby you love as a form of self-expression. Hand activities keep our brains alert, and hands out of the snack bowl. Drawing, playing a musical instrument, knitting, crochet, sketching, sewing, woodworking, origami, and beadwork can all make our realms more enriched. Let your projects be an expression of your love and positive thoughts. Blueberries, blue corn, and plums are foods to bring in the blue ray.
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INDIGO: Between the eyebrows, deep in the brain, the pituitary regulates the glandular function of the entire body. This is the center of intelligence and intuition.
Perhaps some old habit is getting in the way. Be clear that you want to give up your addiction. Write down all the reasons you want to let go of an addiction and post it in several places where you will see it daily. Find support with a qualified practitioner, on the net or with a group for your concerns. Supplements such as GTF chromium (which helps stabilize blood sugar levels), B complex and calcium magnesium (which calm and nourish the nervous system) all can support one letting go of addictions. Learn about getting more alkaline. When our bodies are in a more acidic state, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with unhealthful cravings.
Keep learning new things your entire life. Is there something you have always wanted to learn? Make a commitment to read a least two books on the subject and/or take a class on it this year. Listening to motivational tapes put your consciousness where you want it. Rather than playing video games about destruction, check out some of the tools at wilddivine.com that have video games that inspire higher consciousness.
Black sesame seeds, elderberries, currants, and raisins all represent the indigo color.
VIOLET: The “crown” chakra corresponds to the pineal gland at top of head. It is the center of divine consciousness and spirituality. Do you have a path that helps you feel connected to Divine Source? This might be the year that you visit a place of worship, remember to pray, learn to meditate, join a spiritual study or discussion group, create an altar or place for contemplation in your home, or read books that are spiritually uplifting.
Acai fruit, grapes, and purple cabbage, are reminders of the violet ray.
May this New Year be filled with truth, beauty, goodness, and health!
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