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.