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I think I might start a new blog fad for myself…introducing Monday Mantra! I’m feeling that some positive affirmations are needed to get the week going in the right direction. Think positive, be positive, have a positive attitude.
Are you one who dreads a Monday, or loves it?
Monday signals the start of a new week. Monday signals the start of new beginnings, new opportunities, new chances to live. We need to see each day as a reminder of how amazing life is and how lucky we are to be alive facing a new week. You can embrace the many opportunities that each day brings. Each day is a chance to improve your life or the life of another.
Think back on today and determine the good things you did to make your day special and how may you have affected that of another. Do you wish you could or would have done some things differently? Well don’t worry, there is tomorrow and another chance to make the day what you want; To live in the moment and be present. Express gratitude for the day. Be aware of the beauty of nature that surrounds you, and enjoy the sounds that sing to you. The smallest things can make a great day. Those great days make the worst days feel a million miles away. Be you, be happy.
Hope you had a wonderful Monday!
I came across this quote from Elizabeth Gilbert, and wanted to share it. Attitude is everything. The choices you make direct that attitude. It affects how we react to the world, and how the world reacts to us. Wake everyday with a positive attitude and even if the day doesn’t go as planned, look and find what was good and hold onto that. Of course in the moment that may not be as easy as it sounds. That is where mindfulness will come into play. I have been trying as much as possible to stop and breathe before reacting. It changes everything. That impulsive reaction can be harmful sometimes. Be in the moment and you can make the moment yours, you can own the moment.
I have spent the morning cleaning, and getting ready for the coming week. The kids have been in the kitchen practicing their recipes for the upcoming cooking contest, and they made a mess! They made a mess of my freshly cleaned kitchen! I had a few ways to react. The impulsive reaction could have been to be upset, to dread that I would have to clean it again. The result of that reaction would not be good. The kids would feel shame. They would get discouraged and not want to try again. They would see me as uptight and no fun. That reaction wold dampen everyone’s mood for the rest of the day, negatively.
Here is where being mindful kicks in. Stop. Take a deep breath (if you have to). My immediate impulse was to practice my golden rule; treat others as I would want to be treated. The instinctive positive reaction…to give praise for their hard work and their dedication to practice their kitchen skills. I let them know that I anxiously await a sample of the quiche and oatmeal pancakes. That reaction was a catalyst for them to be excited, proud, and encouraged. They were aware of the mess they made, but that mess was necessary to get the end result. Foods not good if can’t make a mess, right? They smiled, saw the result of their hard work, offered me samples, acknowledged their messes and offered to help clean the kitchen again. This needs to be the impulsive reaction they see and feel.
We are at peace when our chakras are in balance. Remember the energy within the seven chakras influence our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. When the chakra energy is stuck or stale, we suffer from various ailments. The secret to healing the seven chakras doesn’t always come naturally. Throughout our life we encounter various experiences and each of those leave a bit of an imprint on your chakra energy. If some of those life experiences are not pleasant, the balance of energy can be thrown off. The messages we learn in childhood can affect the spiritual growth through life.
How can we change the message that each of our chakras emanates? I look at it as a way to heal the soul, and more. I am learning that one very effective way to do this is through positive affirmations. If you can practice positive affirmations you should be able to balance reality and your past. Again I see it as a healing practice for your soul and the things you experienced in life that throw that chakra energy out of balance. Mind, body and soul balanced in harmony, means you are at your peak and happy. Lets look at a few positive affirmations that will help direct the chakra energy back into balance.
Crown Chakra: Remember this chakra is located at the top of your head, and its energy spins a violet color and is connected to spirituality. Repeat the following affirmation to begin with: “I am apart of the divine, and I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences and I cherish my spirit. I will live in the present moment.”
Third Eye Chakra: Remember this chakra is located in the center of your forehead, and its energy spins a blue color and is connected to our intuition, repressed emotions and fears. Repeat the following affirmation: “I am wise and will listen to my inner wisdom. I will trust my intuition, forgive the past and learn and embrace the good in my life.”
Throat Chakra: Remember this chakra is located in the throat, near the thyroid and its energy spins a light blue color and is connected to our ability to communicate, express ourselves and our creativity. Repeat the following affirmation: “I will communicate my feelings with ease. I will be open honest and clear through my communication. I will show my authentic spirit through my creativity and my body will feel the truth.”
Heart Chakra: Remember this chakra is located in the center of your chest, and its energy spins a green color and is connected to our heart and our emotions. Repeat the following affirmation: “I am open to love. I love myself deeply, openly and I accept myself. I forgive myself and accept life’s challenges that help me connect with others. ”
Solar Plexus Chakra: Remember this chakra is located just above the navel, and its energy spins a yellow color and is connected to growth, intellect, control and self respect. Repeat the following affirmation: “I love and respect myself. I am worthy of love, kindness and respect. I will be strong and courageous and direct my own life.”
Sacral Chakra: Remember this chakra is located just below the navel, and its energy spins an orange color, and is connected to sexuality, reproduction, commitment and pleasurable experiences. Repeat the following affirmation: ” I love and accept my body and have healthy boundaries. I am passionate and can enjoy the present moment through my senses. I will nourish my body and take care of my needs. I will respect my body.”
Root Chakra: Remember this chakra is located at the bas of your spine or tail bone, and its energy spins a red color, and is connected to our basic survival skills and physical needs that allow us to feel safe. Repeat the following affirmation:” I am deeply connected to my body. I feel safe, secure and am deeply rooted. I have the right to be here, and I have what I need. I am stable and will nourish my body and keep it healthy. I trust myself and the choices I make that are good for me.”
These affirmations are just a start to the journey of healing your seven chakras. Some may resonate with you more than others, and that can indicate an area that needs more of your focus. Draw strength from that, listen to your mind, body, and soul.