Chakra Opening

Someone’s intention, San Agustinillo, Mexico

I keep coming back to a short simple practice I created for myself some 5 years ago. It grounds me and brings me a sense of calm.

Standing with feet about hip distance apart and arms gently hanging at my sides, I bring my attention to my body, noticing my breath. Then, in my mind’s eye I slowly scan my body, with my attention pausing on each of my chakras and inviting positive intention:

Chakra 1 – feet, legs, base of the spine: May I be grounded and centered, living my life on a foundation of love and kindness

Chakra 2 – hips, abdomen, low back: May I open to joy and creative energy, pleasure and fun, laughter and smiles

Chakra 3 – solar plexus: May I take action that makes a difference for me, for my partner, all those I love, and all beings

Chakra 4 -heart: May I I be guided by an open and loving heart

Chakra 5 – throat: May I speak my truth with compassion and calm

Chakra 6 – eyes, brow: May I see and open to possibility

Chakra 7 – top of the heat: May I lean toward the light

I’ll often end with a few deep breaths, perhaps sweeping my arms out from my sides and over head with an inhale, and with an exhale, bringing my palms together and back down in front of me resting at my heart.


Do you have a practice that grounds and supports you?

a full, mellow glow

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From The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

Why fight against the fading glow of youth?
Why try to freeze a process that can’t be stopped?
You’re clinging too hard, that’s why you’re weary;
your face is lined with tension not with age.

And even if your form has altered a little
even if the surface is a little worn and chaffed
your being is rich and deep
nourished by experience and understanding
and another kind of light is shining from you now:
a full, mellow glow, like autumn sunshine,
that spreads further and touches deeper
than the flashing, dazzling glow of youth.

Why not let that glow shine through
instead of trying to rekindle a faded light?

Change brings decay if you resist it.
But if you accept it and flow with it,
it brings growth and renewal.

I first read this passage from Steve Taylor’s book The Calm Center on the Find Your Middle Ground blog (The Mellow Glow). Val always shares inspiring, soothing, comforting, delicious words and images that make me feel alive and free.


* I took the photo in my backyard of a columbine leaf, just after a spring rain when the sun started coming out (edited with Zeke filter). Here’s another photo of the same plant, same filter.

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Corsica France


a silence
gathers in me
beyond my fear
deep inside
I find
a precious place
of cool and calm
where my heart
rests in the quiet


May we slow down enough to notice the tenderness within and find peace in the sanctuary of ourselves.


* I took this photo at a beach near Saint Florent, Corsica, looking out at Cap Corse. I selected this photo because the sailboat seems to be resting in a peaceful sanctuary.  The entire scene seems calm and quiet compared to the previous day out on the Cap – photo below.

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