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    11 Powerful Crystals for Manifestation

    From manifesting love and peace to financial prosperity, crystals and gemstones are powerful tools to guide you in manifesting the life of your deepest, most heartfelt dreams. Below, discover 11 beautiful crystals for manifestation, plus learn how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals to manifest your dreams.

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    Why You Should Be Using Crystals

    You are already a powerful manifestor, whether or not you’re consciously aware of it.

    Throughout your life, you’ve been emitting energy out into the world that reflects your inner state.

    You might call this your energetic signature, and this can change from day to day – and even from moment to moment.

    When you feel peaceful and calm, you radiate an overall aura of deep serenity. This energy doesn’t just flow through you; it surrounds your entire being.

    If this is hard to imagine, think about the energy you feel when you’re around specific people. Do you love to be in the company of certain friends, family, or coworkers because of the positive energy you feel when you’re around them?

    And on the other side, are there certain people you avoid because they carry a constant energy of negativity?

    You, too, carry a specific energy signature throughout your day. Manifestation is the art of tuning your own energy to your desired state of being. When you emit an energy of deep inner peace from within, you invite more experiences of peace and serenity in your outside world.

    So while you’ve been manifesting your entire life, conscious manifestation occurs when you become aware of your limitless ability to create your own outcomes, and you intentionally choose your thoughts and feelings to align with the energy of your desires.

    (I won’t go too in depth on the process of manifestation in this article, but if you want to learn more, you can click here to learn more about the Law of Attraction, and here you can read about specific manifestation methods you can use to help you manifest what you truly desire.)

    So how exactly do crystals help you manifest your dreams and desires?

    When you use crystals for manifestation, your chosen stones aren’t simply attracting love, financial abundance, health, and other desired outcomes to you; they’re helping you to cultivate a deep sense of self so that you discover that these things already exist within you.

    You are love. Love is your birthright. So is financial abundance, health, joy, creativity, passion, and all kinds of really good and wonderful things.

    Crystals help you to become the energy of what it is that you want to manifest.

    They restore harmony and balance within you and empower you to live as your highest and most authentic self.

    And when you become the energy you want to manifest, you attract more of this energy to you.

    Become unconditional love. Receive unconditional love.

    Become abundance. Receive abundance.

    By becoming, you’re opening yourself up to receiving.

    And while it’s absolutely possible to walk into a store and feel called toward a certain crystal (always trust the wisdom of your intuition), it helps to have an understanding of the properties and powers that different crystals possess when you’re choosing the right crystal for you.

    Below, you’ll discover 11 powerful crystals that will help you manifest your desires, plus some easy-to-follow practices on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals for manifestation. Feel free to use the links below to skip to the section you want to learn more about!

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    For more details on how to use crystals to protect your energy, manifest your dreams, and help you heal from within, check out my article, How to Use Crystals: Grids, Pendulums & More.

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    How to Cleanse Your Crystals

    Why do we cleanse crystals before using them? Imagine that you’re moving into a “new” old house. Even though the house is new to you, you know that the house has been lived in by several families before you. These families made their own memories in the house, and over the years, they’ve left behind bits and pieces of their energy inside that house.

    Just like you want to clear the energy of the past residents so you can start anew in this house, you want to clear any old energy and past intentions still being held in your crystals.

    Even if you’re the first person to ever own this crystal, it’s likely traveled a long way from its source to the seller to you. Because you don’t know what kind of energy is currently held in your new crystal(s), it’s a best practice to cleanse your crystals before using them.

    Methods to Cleanse Crystals:

    • Sage: Light your sage and immerse the crystal in the smoke for thirty to sixty seconds. Be sure to use a firesafe bowl or abalone shell to catch burning embers and ash. It’s best to do this outside or near an open window for two reasons: A) Safety and B) It allows any negative and old energies to rise in the air and disappear from your space.
    • Water: Rinse your stone under the running water of a creek or stream. If this isn’t possible, you can also use a faucet. Just make sure to do a little research first to make sure it’s safe for your stone. You don’t want to use this method for soft stones like Selenite.
    • Use Selenite or Clear Quartz: Both of these crystals have the ability to cleanse and purify other crystals. Lay your crystal on a piece of Selenite or Clear Quartz for at least twenty-four hours. If you can’t place your crystal on top, it also works to have them side-by-side as long as they’re touching.
    • Nature: When I need to reset and get realigned, I can always restore balance within when I immerse myself in nature. Crystals are the same. Place your crystals outside on the soil, on the branches of a tree, on a potted plant, or anywhere else outdoors where you feel a sense of peace and balance. If possible, try to keep your crystals outside for at least a full day, avoiding dew and prolonged exposure to sunlight.
    • Sun/Moon: Place your crystals outside in the sun or moon for ten to twelve hours (or overnight). This is especially powerful during the Full Moon when the moonlight is brightest. If you’re going to use this method, just make sure it’s safe for your stone. For certain stones, like Amethyst, you want to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.

    How to Program Crystals for Manifestation

    The number one most important thing to remember when it comes to programming your crystals for manifestation isn’t the method itself; it’s your intention. There are several ways to program your crystals, and none are inherently better than the others. What matters is your intention during the process.

    It helps to have a powerful sentence or phrase to use when you’re getting ready to program your crystals. For instance, if you want to manifest health, your sentence might be, “I am living my healthiest and most fit life in a body I truly love.” Or if you’re manifesting financial abundance, your intention might be, “I am a successful entrepreneur, and financial prosperity comes easily and effortlessly to me.

    The key is, before you sit down to program your crystals, make sure you really know what it is that you want to manifest.

    Methods to Program Crystals:

    • Visualize: Sit in a quiet, safe place where you won’t be interrupted. Hold your crystal(s) in your hands. In your mind, speak your intention. Then, visualize what this intention looks like. What does financial abundance look like to you? How do you envision romantic love? What do you see when you imagine yourself living your healthiest and most fit life? Sit in silence for a while and see your intentions manifesting in your mind, feeling the emotions of peace, freedom, joy, love, and/or any other positive emotions that arise when you visualize your dream.
    • Breathe into the crystal: Again, find a quiet and safe spot where you won’t be interrupted. Place your stone(s) in your hands and repeat your intention in your head. Bring your stone(s) up to your mouth and breathe into them, repeating your intention in your head. Continue to do this for five to ten minutes, or as long as it takes to feel like your gemstones are fully activated.

    How To Use Crystals To Manifest What You Want

    • Wear crystals as jewelry: Wearing your stones as rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings allows you to easily keep your stone with you at all times. I love rings especially because you can look down at them anytime and be reminded of your limitless power. On top of that, wearing beautiful things helps you to feel good and sparks joy within. And this is not superficial or shallow. Lean into the belief that you are worthy and deserving of wearing beautiful things. If it supports the internal joy that you cultivate within, embrace it.
    • Keep crystals nearby throughout your day: But be intentional with placement. For instance, if you’re using gemstones to manifest financial abundance, place them in your workspace to promote the continual incoming paychecks and flow of money coming in. You can also place them in your wallet or purse to amplify the energy of abundance. Similarly, if you’re manifesting creativity, keep your gemstones in your office or studio where you do most of your creative endeavors.
    • Keep crystals in your pocket: If you don’t have jewelry with your chosen gemstone (or don’t want to wear jewelry), you can keep your crystals in your pocket so they’re still with you throughout the day.
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    11 Powerful Crystals for Manifestation

    Crystals to Manifest Financial Abundance

    • Citrine: When it comes to manifesting financial abundance, citrine is an absolute powerhouse. Known as the “Merchant Stone” or “Success Stone,” citrine is associated with wealth, prosperity, and financial success. Additionally, citrine is associated with your solar plexus chakra, which is your energy center for confidence, empowerment, positivity, and high self-esteem. (Read more about the solar plexus chakra here!) So when you combine these powerful properties, you get a crystal that helps you to manifest financial abundance while feeling optimistic, confident, and joyful. This crystal is definitely a must-have when it comes to manifesting prosperity and financial abundance!
    • Pyrite: You might also know this one as “Fool’s Gold,” but there’s nothing foolish about the manifesting power of this stone. Pyrite is associated with wealth, abundance, and success. Additionally, this is a protective stone, shielding you from negative energy and bad vibes. This is the perfect stone to keep in your office as it A) protects the energy of your space and B) raises your energy of abundance at work and/or in your business ventures.

    Crystals to Manifest Love

    • Rose Quartz: Rose Quartz is the ultimate crystal for manifesting love. But how exactly does it do this? When you use Rose Quartz with the intention of manifesting love, you do much more than simply attract love. Rose Quartz works with your heart chakra, opening up this important energy center to help you heal past hurts, restore your belief in love, and open your heart again to love and trust. When you vibrate at the energy of pure love, you naturally attract this same powerful energy to you. And if you already have a partner, Rose Quartz is still a powerful stone to have on hand. As the stone of unconditional love, it helps you to deepen your relationship with your partner and with yourself.
    • Rhodonite: Rhodonite is another beautiful stone that’s associated with the heart chakra. Like Rose Quartz, it helps you to cultivate deep love and compassion within to heal old wounds, cultivate compassion, build confidence, and promote unconditional self-love. If you’re already in a relationship, this stone will help you to clear blockages between you and your partner and open your heart to forgiveness. By truly becoming the essence of unconditional love, you attract the energy of love into your life.

    Crystals to Manifest Friendships

    • Pink Opal: Like the gemstones mentioned above in the Crystals to Manifest Love section, Pink Opal is associated with the heart chakra. (In fact, Rose Quartz and Rhodonite, mentioned above, can also be used to manifest not only romantic love but love-filled friendships as well.) Pink Opal is special because it helps to calm your mind and open your heart, which is especially helpful if you’re shy or withdrawn. Pink Opal will help with healing past pain and cultivating deep inner peace.

    *Citrine, mentioned in the Crystals to Manifest Financial Abundance section, is also a powerful stone for manifesting friendships and an active social life as it promotes joy, optimism, and positivity!

    Crystals to Manifest Health

    • Garnet: Garnet is a powerful stone to promote your total health and wellbeing. When your energy centers are blocked or imbalanced, garnet helps to circulate your energy and balance your chakras. It’s a total powerhouse for cleansing and rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit.
    • Bloodstone: Bloodstone is known to heal both physical and emotional wounds. On top of that, it’s known to increase circulation and get the energy moving in your body. When you feel completely tired and defeated, Bloodstone will help to heal your mind and body while rejuvenating your spirit.

    Crystals to Manifest Creativity

    • Carnelian: Carnelian is the perfect stone to manifest more creativity into your life. Now, it’s important to remember that you already have access to a limitless abundance of creativity inside of you. However, at times, we may block or obscure that source of creativity, usually by overthinking, worrying, or living it the past or future. And that’s okay! We can always reopen ourselves to infinite creativity, and Carnelian is just the stone to help us get there. Carnelian supports confidence and self-empowerment while helping you tap into your creativity. If you find that your creativity has been blocked, you can use this stone in combination with practices to heal your sacral chakra, the energy center in your body associated with creativity and passion. Learn more about healing your sacral chakra here!

    Amplifiers/Pairing Crystals

    • Aventurine: No matter what you want to manifest, Aventurine is an absolute must-have in your manifestation toolkit. Aventurine is the ultimate pairing stone because it’s associated with abundance and manifestation. But abundance doesn’t just mean financial abundance. Aventurine can help you manifest an abundance of health, love, friendships, creativity, or anything else you desire. It also boosts luck and helps you to stay in a high-vibe, positive state. You can pair Aventurine with Citrine to boost your financial prosperity, or Aventurine with Carnelian to inspire your creativity. There really is no limit to this powerful stone.
    • Goldstone: Goldstone is a beautiful grounding stone that acts like your best friend and protector all in one. It helps you to remain grounded, fills you with energy and optimism, and strengthens your faith when you’re facing obstacles and roadblocks. It will also help you achieve your goals, unlock your potential, and create a beautiful future. Goldstone truly is a unique stone that will serve and guide you as you manifest your future.
    • Jade: Jade is another powerful stone that’s associated with luck and success. It also fills you with courage and reminds you that you are truly limitless. Use Jade with Citrine or Pyrite to attract success, prosperity, and good fortune into your life.

    And there you have it: eleven powerful crystals for manifestation. Do you have any experience using crystals for manifestation? What crystals have you found to be especially powerful when manifesting your dreams? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

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    Sacred Self-Care For The 7 Chakras (A Complete Guide)

    In this article, learn the importance of self-care for healing your body’s energy centers, and discover meaningful self-care practices for each of your body’s seven main chakras.

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    What Are Your Chakras?

    Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disk.” A commonly accepted definition for the word chakra is a wheel of energy in your body

    You can also think of it like a vortex of energy within you. This vortex isn’t an actual physical thing, though. Rather, it’s energy that you experience through feelings, sensations, and your deep inner knowing.

    So what do these vortexes, or energy centers, do?

    Within you, you hold universal life force, or prana. Ideally, your life force is always flowing effortlessly through your body. You can think of it kind of like you have your own transportation infrastructure inside you. Your life force is the vehicle moving through you. This vehicle travels along roads called nadis. (You have thousands of these roads, or energy channels, inside of you.) And these nadis meet at intersections, which are your chakras.

    So ideally, everything in your infrastructure is working perfectly. Roads are open. Intersections are unblocked. Energy flows seamlessly.

    But just like an actual road or highway, everything doesn’t always work as perfectly as we’d like. Sometimes, intersections get blocked. Roads get backed up. Cars get stuck.

    This happens when your energy gets stuck somewhere inside you. For instance, let’s start with your root chakra, also known as your first chakra, located at the base of your spine.

    The root chakra is your body’s energy center for stability, safety, strength, security, groundedness, and inner peace. Your root chakra acts as your foundation. This is where you build your strength, power, and steadiness so that the flow of energy can easily move freely throughout your entire body.

    Now, let’s say your fundamental needs like food, shelter, warmth, and safety aren’t being met. Or maybe you feel financially insecure or uncertain about potential job layoffs. When these things happen, your energy gets stuck at this energy center, unable to move freely through this intersection.

    This results in energetic imbalances, which can manifest as feelings of insecurity, anxiety, depression, disconnection, fear, worry, and restlessness.

    This is just the beginning of understanding your chakra system. If you’d like to learn more, I definitely encourage you to check out my chakra articles, which include affirmations, journal prompts, and healing practices for your seven main energy centers.

    And if you’re interested in exploring more about chakras and want to begin your own powerful journey of chakra healing, you can check out my Chakra Healing Bundle, which contains a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. These healing resources are designed to help you begin a profound journey into aligning with your highest self, healing your soul, and cultivating unconditional self-love.

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    Self-Care For The Chakras

    So why is self-care important for activating, opening, and healing your chakras?

    Each energy center is connected to specific emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual attributes. For instance, as we mentioned above, the root chakra is associated with security, stability, and strength. Your sacral chakra, which is your second chakra, is associated with creativity, passion, joy, and prosperity. (You have more than seven chakras, but we tend to focus on the seven below as being your seven “main” energy centers.)

    In order to ensure your energy is flowing freely within you, it’s important to regularly check in with yourself. Has your creativity been stifled lately? Have you been engaging in too much work and not enough play? Is your sense of security shaken? Do you feel like you can speak your authentic truth? Do you feel connected to yourself, others, and the universe as a whole?

    By connecting with yourself and pinpointing any potential blockages within, you can make space to spend a little extra time with this part of your inner being. Self-care is a profound way to do this.

    Below, you’ll find self-care practices for each of your body’s energy centers. I’ve also included the balanced and imbalanced attributes for each of your main chakras. If you meet the balanced attributes, your energy is likely in a good place. But if you meet more of the imbalanced attributes, you may want to spend some extra time engaging in self-care practices associated with that energy center.

    Root Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (Mula: “root”; Adhara: “support” or “base”)
    • Location: Base of spine
    • Color: Red
    • Balanced Attributes: Secure, Grounded, Strong, Centered, Stable, Steady, Safe, Peaceful, Supported, All Basic Needs Are Met
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Insecure, Anxious, Depressed, Scattered, Disconnected, Restless, Fearful, Cynical, Neglected, Worried
    • Fundamental Need: Survival
    Connect to the Earth

    The root chakra is associated with the earth, and one of the most powerful self-care activities you can perform is to immerse yourself in nature and let your bare feet touch the ground. You might also find a quiet spot to sit outside where you can journal, meditate, or just simply be. If you’re a gardener, you might choose to go outside and work in your garden, allowing your bare hands to dig into the earth. Nature is one of the greatest healers in the universe. When you take the time to connect with the earth, you connect with your roots, your foundation, and the truest, most authentic you.

    Focus on Your Basic Needs

    When we think of self-care, we often think of pampering activities such as spa days and pedicures. But self-care is intrinsically something more. Whenever you brush your teeth, take a shower, or schedule a medical appointment, you’re practicing self-care. And taking care of your basic needs is the foundation of self-care. These needs include food, water, warmth, rest, security, and safety. Have you been getting enough calories? Have you gotten enough sleep? Write a list of all the things that you need in order to meet your basic, foundational needs, and regularly make sure you’re meeting your needs.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat root chakra affirmations
    • Practice breathing exercises, such as alternate nostril breathing
    • Express gratitude for everything in your life that contributes to an open root chakra, such as your home, blankets, food, access to clean water, and the locks on your door.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Mountain Pose, Downward Dog, Tree Pose, Lunge Pose, Warrior II

    Sacral Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Svadhishthana (Sva = “self”; shthana = “place”)
    • Location: Lower abdomen (below your navel)
    • Color: Orange
    • Balanced Attributes: Creative, Joyful, Playful, Prosperous, Stable, Sexual, Sensual, Passionate, Open, Energetic, Honest, Forgiving
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Creativity, Unstable, Insecure, Anxious, Scattered, Lazy, Fearful, Disconnected, Depressed, Unmotivated, Negative, Lack of Sensuality
    • Fundamental Need: Emotional flow, desire, sexuality
    Get Creative

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity that has absolutely no end goal? It’s not meant to be productive. It’s not meant to be good. And it’s definitely not meant to be perfect. It’s just pure, unrestricted, joyful creativity. Embracing your creative flow is one of the most beneficial practices you can do when working with your sacral chakra. Do something you feel good about that isn’t related to your job and that you don’t feel the need to be perfect when doing. Let it be both messy and beautiful.

    Spend Time In Water

    The sacral chakra’s associated element is water, and there are several powerful ways you can use water to connect with this energy center. My personal favorite practice is to take a luxurious bubble bath. When your sacral chakra is open and balanced, you have a positive relationship with your body and embrace your own divine sensuality. A warm bubble bath is the perfect way to honor your body. Of course, you can also find water all over nature, which is one of our greatest teachers and healers. Oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams all offer opportunities to connect with your sacral chakra. If you’re not too keen on getting in the water, that’s okay! Even sitting near the water while meditating, journaling, or simply sitting in silence can offer meaningful healing.

    Other Practices
    • Dance
    • Smile and genuinely compliment yourself every time you look in the mirror
    • Meditate
    • Repeat sacral chakra affirmations
    • Write a letter to your inner child encouraging yourself to play and use your divine imagination.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Pigeon, Butterfly, Frog, Cobra, Goddess Squat

    Solar Plexus Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Manipura (“City of Jewels”; sometimes translated as “Lustrous Gem”)
    • Location: A couple inches above the navel/Below the chest
    • Color: Yellow
    • Balanced Attributes: Confident, Positive, Joyful, Empowered, Driven, Motivated, Collaborative, High Self-Esteem
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Confidence, Negative, Fearful, Low Energy, Indifferent, Unmotivated, Competitive, Low Self-Esteem
    • Fundamental Need: Self-worth
    Fire and Sun

    The solar plexus chakra’s element is fire, so this is the perfect time to have a (safe) bonfire with friends or enjoy some family time by the fireplace. You could also combine some time by the fire with other self-care practices, like meditating. If it’s summer and you’re not keen on starting the fireplace, another powerful practice to balance your solar plexus is to go for a walk or have a picnic in the sun. 

    Write A Self-Love List

    Write out a list of positive qualities you love about yourself, and describe why you love each of those things. For instance, “I love my smile because it lights up a room. When I smile, I notice that other people smile, too.” Focus on both your internal and external qualities. There’s no room for negativity here. Compliment yourself. Focus on the positive. Remember that you are worthy and deserving of unconditional joy and love.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat solar plexus affirmations
    • Practice color therapy by immersing yourself in all things yellow. Eat yellow foods such as bananas, pineapple, yellow peppers, and squash. Light yellow, lemon-scented candles. Wear yellow. Paint with the color yellow. Color therapy is helpful for working with any of your chakras, but I especially love it for working with the solar plexus chakra because yellow is such a bright, happy color.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Warrior I, Full Boat Pose, Bow Pose, Reverse Triangle Pose, Warrior III, Plank

    Heart Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Anahata (“Unstruck”)
    • Location: Heart/Center of chest
    • Color: Green
    • Balanced Attributes: Loving, Loveable, Peaceful, Compassionate, Empathetic, Trustful, Open-Hearted, Serene, Understanding, Kind
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Unloved, Unlovable, Lonely, Depressed, Indifferent, Judgmental, Distrustful, Self-Isolates, Spiteful, Selfish
    • Fundamental Need: Love
    Walk in Nature

    The color of the heart chakra is green, and its element is air. Combine these attributes by taking a long, cleansing walk in nature, breathing in the fresh air. If you live near a forest or a beautiful, green meadow, this is ideal, but just taking a walk and getting some fresh air can do wonders for healing your heart chakra. You might also go to the beach on a breezy day and let the cool wind dance across your skin.

    “What Feels Like Love To Me?”

    If you’re feeling disconnected from yourself, ask yourself, “What feels like love to me?” This can vary depending on the day. For instance, sometimes love feels like eating your grandma’s homemade chocolate chips cookies, while other days, love feels like a big salad filled to the brim with fresh veggies. Sometimes, love feels going on a hike, and other times, love feels like staying in and cozying up on the couch with a good book. Ask yourself what feels like love to you and let your heart guide you to the answer.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat heart chakra affirmations
    • Drive with the windows down and let the air blow against your skin
    • Practice any form of self-care that feels especially loving and nurturing to you
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Camel Pose, Wheel Pose, Handstand, Fish Pose, Extended Puppy Pose, Bridge Pose, Cow Face Pose

    Throat Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha (“Especially pure” or “Purest”)
    • Location: Throat/Center of Neck
    • Color: Light Blue
    • Balanced Attributes: Communicative, Calm, Honest, Peaceful, Decisive, Expressive, Patient, Authentic, Centered, Good Listener
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Excessively Shy, Withdrawn, Dishonest, Loud, Indecisive, Inexpressive, Impatient, Disingenous, Moody, Insincere
    • Fundamental Need: Expression
    Find A Big, Open Space Outdoors

    Yep, nature again. If it’s a nice day, find a quiet spot outside where you have plenty of space. Lay on the ground and watch the sky. You could also meditate outside, sketch the scenery, or write a letter. If you hear any nature sounds, like birds chirping or a babbling creek, allow yourself to close your eyes and just listen. (Listening is as important for your throat chakra as speaking.)

    Write a Letter

    Write an open letter to somebody in your life: a current or past partner, friend, relative, boss, coworker, or even an acquaintance. What have you always wanted to say to this person but never found the courage or the right words? Write your truth in this letter. Allow yourself to release any negative emotions that your body may have been carrying from holding in your truth. (You don’t have to actually send this letter. Simply writing the words may be enough to release this stagnant energy.)

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat throat chakra affirmations
    • Sing
    • Schedule a date with your best friend and practice speaking your authentic truth while being an active, engaged listener
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Cobra Pose, Fish Pose, Camel Pose, Bridge Pose, Rabbit Pose, Shoulder Stand, Seated Fold

    Third Eye Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Ajna (“Beyond wisdom.” Can also be translated as “Perceive” or “Command.”)
    • Location: Center of Forehead/Between Eyebrows
    • Color: Indigo (Also associated with purple.)
    • Balanced Attributes: Intuitive, Imaginative, Insightful, Perceptive, Open-Minded, Sense of Clarity, Mentally Strong, Trusting
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Intuition, Confused, Unimaginative, Fearful, Unable to Focus, Close-Minded, Scattered, Distrusting
    • Fundamental Need: Insight and intuition
    Immerse Yourself in Light

    The third eye chakra’s element is light, so embrace opportunities to sit or walk in the sunshine. If you have a sun room or any open rooms with big windows in your home, take advantage of this space by sitting in silence, reading, or doing some crossword puzzles/logic games. You might also try sitting or meditating under the moonlight if it’s especially bright out.

    Tap Into Your Intuition

    Your intuition is that deep inner knowing that whispers inside of you. We all have one, but like a muscle, it becomes stronger when we actively work with it. The first step to working with your intuition is to quiet your mind and simply listen. You can’t hear what that inner voice is trying to tell you if you’re constantly immersed in noise. The quickest and most profound way to start connecting with your intuition is to let silence be a normal part of your life. If you can, see if you can step away from the outer noise and immerse yourself in silence. And for more practices that will help you tap into your intuition, click here.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat third eye chakra affirmations
    • Daydream
    • Do some logic puzzles and games that actively engage your mind
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Downward Facing Dog, Child’s Pose, Extended Puppy Pose, Seated Forward Bend, Head to Knee Pose, Pyramid Pose

    Crown Chakra Self-Care

    • Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara (“Thousand-petaled”)
    • Location: Top of Head
    • Color: Violet (White is often associated with this chakra as well.)
    • Balanced Attributes: Spiritual, Enlightened, Trusting, Peaceful, Creative, Focused, Blissful, Present, Connected to Higher Power
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Cynical, Close-Minded, Lack of Faith, Frustrated with Life, Forgetful, Unfocused, Lonely, Scattered, Disconnected
    • Fundamental Need: Connection to the divine
    Communicate with the Universe

    You can call this prayer or simply speaking to the Universe. If you’re feeling low, heavy, or detached, find a safe spot where you feel comfortable being vulnerable. Then, speak. Surrender your heaviness. Let it out. If it’s more comfortable for you to write your thoughts and feelings, write it in a letter. Then, allow whatever comes forth to be, exactly as it is. Trust that the Universe is supporting you in every way possible.

    Detox/Fast

    Your physical body needs food for nourishment, but your spiritual self doesn’t really need food in the same way. Unlike your other energy centers, which have associated foods that allow for healing, the crown chakra is best healed by detoxing or fasting.* This helps you to clear your mind while flushing out toxins that may be harming your body. When detoxing, focus on fresh fruits, veggies, and lots of water.

    *If you choose to detox or fast, just make sure you’re following the proper guidance of a medical professional.

    Other Practices
    • Meditate
    • Repeat crown chakra affirmations
    • Go inward. Try to find an open field or special spot that gives you lots of space to think, turn inward, and simply be. If you feel safe and comfortable enough to meditate outdoors, this would be the perfect time to meditate. If the weather allows, journaling outdoors is also another powerful practice for healing.
    • Practice yoga. Include the following poses (asanas): Lotus Pose, Corpse Pose, Tree Pose, Headstand, Fish Pose, Standing Prayer Backbend

    What are your favorite chakra healing self-care practices? Share your favorites in the comment box below!

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.


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    Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Meaningful Gifts For Spiritual People (& More)

    Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon links. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you purchase a product using my link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

    Choosing Meaningful Gifts

    Are you looking for a meaningful gift for the dreamer, manifestor, or spiritual growth seeker in your life? Below, I’ve gathered some of my favorite manifestation tools, self-care products, meditation room decor, inspirational gifts, and more. Each item has been carefully chosen with quality and care in mind. I’ve included descriptions of each product below each image, and you can also click the image or text links to learn more about the items.

    And for more gift ideas, be sure to check out the digital resources available now right here in our online shop. Here, you’ll find manifestation journals and workbooks, chakra healing tools, and more. Choose your item, then schedule it to be delivered to your recipient on the date you specify with a personalized message from you! Whether you’re shopping in advance or picking out a last-minute present, these digital resources make the perfect gift for any spiritual soul on your list.

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    Gifts For Manifestors

    I’m a big fan of Art of the Root’s manifesting oils as a profound manifestation aid. Just dab some oil onto an object (like money or photos), wear it on your body, anoint a candle with it, or even use it to enhance your manifestation journaling practice. These oils are the perfect present for the manifestor in your life, and they have plenty of choices geared toward manifesting love, money, success, and more. Check out their designated Manifestation Oil, or visit the Art of the Root store to check out all their manifesting oil options!

    And while you’re checking out the Art of the Root store, be sure to take a look at their manifestation candles as well. Their Money Candle Set includes three candles – Abundance, Money Drawing, and Good Fortune – and is the perfect gift for the manifestor in your life. They’re also handmade with Natural Soy Wax, Real Herbs and Essential Oils and are beautifully scented!

    With a new year approaching, a manifestation planner is an ideal gift to help someone start the year with a positive, goal-oriented mindset. This Law of Attraction planner includes space for setting goals, creating an action plan, reflecting on your progress, cultivating gratitude, and more. Plus, it comes in plenty of color and design options, so you can personalize your choice based on your recipient’s preferences.

    The Mindful Collective’s Prosperity Crystals Set is one of those gifts you’ll actually want for yourself. It includes seven premium healing crystals (Selenite, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Raw Aventurine, Honey Calcite, Desert Stone, and Peach Moonstone) and 50 affirmation cards, all in a beautiful keepsake wooden box that makes this present ready-to-go. This is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for anyone seeking profound spiritual growth.

    Gabrielle Bernstein is a household name in the manifestation space, and for good reason. She’s the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written multiple bestselling books. What makes Super Attractor so special is that it’s essentially a complete how-to book on manifestation, outlining all of the essential methods for manifesting a life even greater than what you could ever dream of. What I love about Bernstein’s writing is that she writes like your loving, supportive friend, and above all, she encourages fun, relaxation, joy, and feeling good. This is the book that removes difficulty and struggle from manifestation and shows you how fun it can be to create the life of your dreams.

    And to go with the Super Attractor book, you’ll also want to check out Gabby Bernstein’s Super Attractor manifestation cards. I’ve seen a lot of different types of affirmation and tarot cards, and Gabrielle Bernstein’s are some of the most beautiful and inspiring ones out there. Each card offers an inspiring mantra to support you on your manifestation journey. And if you have more spiritual souls in your life who you’d like to give a meaningful gift to, be sure to check out her other card decks as well: The Universe Has Your Back 52-Card Deck and the gorgeous Spirit Junkie 52-Card Deck.

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    Self-Care Gifts

    This Self Care Bucket List box has 100 cards completely dedicated to helping you destress and focus on your own happiness. The cards are color-coded, so depending on your mood, you can choose a yellow card for a challenge, a red card for loving yourself or others, or green for a reminder to enjoy life’s journey. Activities range from cuddling someone or something to walking in the rain to decluttering your wardrobe. This is one of those thoughtful gifts that your recipient probably wouldn’t buy for themselves, but once they have it, they won’t want to be without it.

    Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in the world to create profound positive change in a person’s life. That’s why I love gratitude journals. Most only require a few minutes of your time in the mornings and/or evenings, but their effects go a long way. One of my favorites is this Gratitude Day and Night Reflection Journal. Every morning, you can write your daily focus, some uplifting affirmations, and things you’re grateful for and excited about that day. At night, it gives you space to reflect on good things that happened that day and positive thoughts to carry you to sleep. These are powerful habits for a person to cultivate, and it makes for a super thoughtful present that will have a profound effect on anyone on your gift list.

    Morgan Harper Nichols’ All Along You Were Blooming is like a love note for your mind, body, and soul. Not only is it gorgeously illustrated, but the words feel like sunshine pouring into every cell of your body. They remind you to live fully in this moment and that even through your challenges, difficulties, and imperfections, nothing about you is a mistake. (Self-love poetry books make for a timeless and thoughtful gift for any recipient. For more poetry book suggestions, click here.)

    If your gift recipient is anything like me, there’s no such thing as too many candles. The Mindful Collective’s Self-Love & Intention Crystal Candle is especially meaningful, as it includes crystals (including Rose Quartz and Citrine) in the actual candle. Not only is this candle absolutely beautiful, but it smells divine. This one’s guaranteed to be a hit with the candle lover in your life.

    Affirmation cards can uplift, inspire, and help set the foundation for a positive day ahead. These Dessie Affirmation Cards make for a super thoughtful gift, as not only do they include 60 different empowering affirmations, but they also include over 100 questions rooted in self-love and self-belief. This is a truly meaningful gift that your recipient can continue to use for years to come.

    Like candles, blankets are one of those gifts someone can never have too many of. Not only is this Compassion Blanket soft and warm, but it’s covered in inspirational words to provide an extra dose of encouragement and love. This is the perfect blanket for your recipient to wrap themselves up in during those cold nights and practice a little extra self-love and self-care. (I have it in teal and use my blanket literally every single day.)

    If you’re looking for a unique gift, look no further than this gorgeous Teabloom Flowering Tea Set. Teabloom’s flowering teas are handcrafted by artisans with the highest-quality green tea leaves and edible flowers. When brewed in a glass teapot, tea flowers slowly bloom into a breathtaking display. Not only is the tea beautiful, but it’s healthy, delicious, and smells absolutely incredible. To make this a complete set, you could also gift a Teabloom Glass Teapot so your recipient can start experiencing the magic of this gift instantly.

    As a lifelong lover of bubble baths, I can be a bit of a bath snob. Those cheap, department store bath gift sets just won’t cut it. For a product that has high-quality ingredients and provides a truly luxurious bath experience, I love this Beauty by Earth Bath Bomb Gift Set. There’s no harsh chemicals, dyes, or perfumes, and the bath bombs are created to moisturize your skin, relax your muscles, and pamper your senses. With six unique scents to choose from, your recipient can choose the one that best fits their mood for the day.

    Meaningful Jewelry

    My favorite thing about this RareLove Strength Morse Code Bracelet is that it’s like a secret message between you and your gift recipient. It’s subtle yet beautiful and serves as a profound reminder of one’s inherent inner strength.

    I adore Joycuff bracelets and have my own “You Are Unstoppable” bracelet that I wear every day. This “Be Fearless” bracelet is just one of many empowering messages you can find in the Joycuff store.

    This “You Are Limitless” triangle necklace is another one of my all-time favorites. Sweet, simple, lovely, and divine. It’s a truly meaningful and thoughtful gift for anyone you want to send a little extra inspiration to this holiday season.

    This Lotus New Beginnings Stacking Bracelet is filled with positive vibrations. These stacking bracelets include Wood, Hematite, Amethyst, Lava, and a beautiful Lotus charm to symbolize positive energy, good fortune, enlightenment, and new beginnings. Plus, it’s a diffuser bracelet, so your gift recipient can place a drop of their favorite essential oil onto the lava beads for some extra calm, confidence, and clarity.

    The Hamsa hand has many spiritual meanings, but its most prominent meaning is to protect you from another person’s ill-will, malice, or bad intentions. Not only does the Hamsa hand repel toxic energy, but it can also bring you more positive energy and even usher in good fortune. This gorgeous 18K Gold Plated Hamsa Hand Necklace will bring your gift recipient abundance, good luck, and positive energy. (Plus, it comes in multiple options for chain sizes!)

    This rose gold plated Hamsa Hand Evil Eye necklace is similar to the previous necklace, but it also incorporates the evil eye, which isn’t actually evil itself but rather protects you from danger, strife, and malicious intent. The pop of color and beautiful rose gold plating along with the energy protection that comes from the combination of the hamsa hand and evil eye symbols make this one your recipient will want to wear daily. (And it’s sure to draw lots of compliments!)

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    Meditation Room Gifts

    This gorgeous Florensi Meditation Cushion is my go-to cushion for daily meditation. (I actually use it every single morning after waking up.) It’s soft, comfy, and absolutely beautiful. This is the perfect gift for the meditator in your life, as meditation cushions can reduce pain, increase comfort, and improve your posture by tilting your hips forward, which gives you better support in your back and aligns your spine. This alignment may also help you to experience smoother, easier breathing, which in turn, helps you to quiet your mind and look within.

    A beautiful rug can change the feeling of an entire room. This gorgeous Boho Mandala Bedroom Circle Rug is the perfect addition to anyone’s meditation space. It has three color choices, and I love that the colors are muted so that they can match anyone’s space, no matter the decor. This gift is sure to be an instant hit with the meditator in your life.

    Moon decor is a beautiful addition to any meditation room, and this Moon Phase Tapestry is absolutely gorgeous. You can choose to purchase it with either a black or white background, or you can even pick it up as a set of 2. This is a timeless piece that would complement any room.

    You know how sometimes, you’ll order a product online and what you actually receive looks terrible compared to the picture? This isn’t that. In fact, this Half Moon Dreamcatcher actually looks better in person than in the picture. It’s absolutely beautifully made and is a great option for any age range.

    I love these Stress Relief Cards for Meditation & Relaxation. Each pack comes with 46 cards (that are small enough to fit into a bag or purse), and the cards have simple yet powerful mindfulness exercises to relieve stress and bring you back to the present moment. When your gift recipient is feeling stressed, scattered, or just needs a minute to pause and breathe, they can pull out a card and follow the practices on the cards. These can also be used as part of a daily routine to practice good habits and learn more about mindfulness.

    Himalayan salt lamps are known to purify the air and balance electromagnetic radiation while increasing one’s mood, improving cognitive performance, and even potentially reducing allergies and asthma. You’ll find Himalayan Salt Lamps in all different shapes and sizes, but I personally prefer the sleek look of this 100% Authentic Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp. It’s the perfect addition to a bedroom, office, living room, or meditation space. (I keep this exact one on my nightstand and absolutely love it.)

    If the meditator in your life already has a meditation cushion, this is a great alternative that may be new to even advanced meditators. Meditation benches offer the chance for even deeper breathing and better focus. They’re unique, and they also are a good alternative for those who get uncomfortable sitting cross-legged on the floor. I love this Monk & Llama Kneeling Meditation Bench for so many reasons: it has a cushion, it has foldable legs and a carrying case for travel, and it’s made from 100% natural sustainable bamboo.

    Essential oils are known to help you relax, sleep better, boost energy, relieve stress, and even help with alleviating headaches. This BAIESHIJI Metal Vintage Essential Oil Diffuser comes in multiple styles, and each one is absolutely beautiful. It has four timer setting modes and an automatic shutoff function. For essential oils, I’d recommend this Cliganic USDA Organic Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set of 8. They’re USDA certified organic and also have a Cruelty Free Certification, guaranteeing the products haven’t been tested on animals.

    Stained Glass Meditation Feathers

    Looking for something a little different? I highly recommend Jodi Sharp’s gorgeous one-of-a-kind stained glass meditation feathers. Each feather is made unique with artisanal glass, inset crystals, and an individual write-up and theme. All are ethically handmade in Montreal with detailed love and care. With so many options to choose from, you will find the special meditator in your life a perfect and distinctive gift for the holidays! And be sure to check out the rest of her beautiful products available in her online shop.

    Inspirational & Mindfulness Gifts

    A mindfulness jar typically has 31 different folded slips of paper on it. Each slip of paper has a different mindfulness activity printed on it. Every morning, the person who owns the jar picks a new slip of paper and performs that mindfulness activity sometime during the day. This is a great way to cultivate new, positive habits and to embrace mindfulness in your daily life. If you want to purchase something that’s ready to go, this Rustic Mindfulness Jar is absolutely perfect. It’s well-packaged and already well-suited for gift-giving, and the activities are thoughtful and easy enough for even a super busy person to carry out.

    I absolutely love the RYVE Motivational Daily Flip Calendar for so many reasons. Beyond the fact that it’s gorgeous, it doesn’t just have inspirational quotes, but it has motivating self-reflection prompts as well. And even better? It doesn’t print days of the week on the pages, so it can actually be used year after year. Your recipient can put this on their desk (or anywhere else they’re sure to see it) and get a new uplifting quote every single day.

    I’ve mentioned blankets and candles as being things that a person can never have too many of; mugs are also on that list. This Progress Not Perfection mug is a perfect reminder to keep going, even when things aren’t perfect. Plus, it comes packaged in a cute little box, so it’s ready to go for gift giving.

    This Dream, Plan, Do notebook would pair perfectly with the Progress Not Perfection mug, or it can be given individually as a thoughtful gift. With multiple design options, you can gift one to everyone in your life who has big dreams and the courage to achieve them.

    These inspirational running socks make the perfect gift for anyone who is setting big goals for themselves and going after their dreams. This can also be a great gift for anyone who might be starting the new year with specific health or fitness goals. Show them your support with a little extra daily encouragement (that also happen to be cute and super warm).

    I absolutely adore Cyndie Spiegel’s A Year of Positive Thinking. This inspirational book provides daily nuggets and insights for each day of the year. It’s filled with inspirational lessons and reflections, but the positive messages you’ll find inside never feel fake or forced. Every word hits just right. This is a wonderful gift to uplift, inspire, and spread true positivity to the people in your life.


    Looking for more meaningful gift ideas? Check out the links below for more of my favorite products. And for positive affirmations, self-love tools, manifestation inspiration, and spiritual resources, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. Plus, don’t forget to check out the digital resources available in our online shop. Just choose your item, then schedule it to be delivered to your recipient on the date you specify with a personalized message from you!


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    8 Best Chakra Books For Profound Energy Healing

    Below, discover eight of the best chakra books for both beginners and those looking to expand their knowledge of energy healing and the chakra system. Plus, learn more about the Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, a digital resource designed to help you heal stagnant energy within and live in alignment with your highest self.

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    What Are Chakras?

    Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disk.” A commonly accepted definition for the word chakra is a wheel of energy in your body. You might also think of it like a vortex of energy within you. What makes it confusing is that this vortex isn’t actually a physical thing like your bones or organs. You can’t see your chakras in an x–ray. Rather, you experience them through feelings, sensations, and your own inner knowing.

    When talking about chakras, we typically focus on the seven main ones in your body: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. However, your body actually has at least 114 energy centers in your body, and some people believe there to be more.

    So what exactly does a chakra do? Ideally, your life force, or prana, is flowing to and through your chakras at all times (through energy channels called nadis), which allows you to live in alignment with your highest self. Energy is meant to flow, and when your chakras are open, your life force energy can flow freely through your various energy centers. (You might hear the words chakras and energy centers used interchangeably.)

    Below, I’ve listed eight of the best chakra books available, both for beginners and those looking to expand their knowledge about chakras, energy healing, and their body’s energy system.

    And for deeper insight into chakras as well as guidance on profound chakra healing, check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. 

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    Discover More About Chakras

    Discover more about chakras using the links below, plus get journal prompts and affirmations for each of your body’s main energy centers!

    Best Chakra Books

    Chakra Healing: A Beginner’s Guide

    Margarita Alcantara’s Chakra Healing: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Healing Techniques that Balance the Chakras is the perfect chakra book for beginners. It includes practical guidance to help you identify your own mental, physical, and emotional imbalances to determine which chakra may be causing it – and how to heal your own energy blockages.

    The Ultimate Guide To Chakras

    Athena Perrakis’ The Ultimate Guide to Chakras is another great beginner’s guide that is both beautifully written and illustrated. It includes deeper insight into each of the chakras and provides information on crystals, oils, chakra recipes, and more.

    Chakras & Self-Care

    In Chakras & Self-Care, author Ambi Kavanagh offers meaningful resources to balance and heal your body’s energy centers. You’ll find affirmation and visualization exercises, essential oil blend recipes, daily rituals, and more practices to help you experience true peace of mind and optimal alignment of your entire being: mind, body, and spirit.

    Chakras Activity Book & Journal

    For something a little different, Suzi Barrett’s Chakras Activity Book & Journal offers over 108 fun yet powerful activities to heal your chakras and cultivate deeper personal empowerment. The playful tone of this journal removes some of the pressure and seriousness that often comes when journeying within and promotes the effortless flow of life force energy.

    The Subtle Body

    If you’re ready to venture a little deeper into learning about chakras, Cyndi Dale’s The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy may be just what you’re looking for. This is a comprehensive encyclopedia of human energetic anatomy and includes information on chakras, meridians, and fields, as well as the role of your intentions and beliefs when it comes to healing. For anyone wanting to dive deeper into their energy fields than ever before, this one won’t disappoint.

    Essential Chakra Yoga

    In Essential Chakra Yoga, Christina D’Arrigo provides assistance to beginners and experienced yoga teachers alike to unblock and heal their chakras using yoga poses and controlled breathing. This is a great resource for bringing balance to your mind, body, and spirit through movement, breathing, and mindfulness.

    Essential Chakra Meditation

    April Pfender’s Essential Chakra Meditation provides a series of guided meditations tailored to open, balance, and heal each chakra. It also provides mantras (short chants), mudras (hand postures), and detailed information about each chakra to help you diagnose and treat any blockages you may be experiencing.

    Energy Medicine

    One of my personal favorites, Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine provides detailed information on how to work with the body’s energy systems to promote health and well-being. While it discusses chakras, this one goes beyond just talking about chakras and discusses your entire energy system as a whole. If you’re completely new to chakras, I’d start with one of the other books first, as all the information here can be a bit overwhelming. But if you’re ready to cultivate a deeper understanding of your body’s energies, this may be exactly what you’re looking for.

    Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle

    If you’re ready to learn more about your body’s chakras, heal stuck and stagnant energy within, and live in alignment with your highest self, the Chakra Healing Bundle will take you on a profound journey into healing your mind, body, and soul.

    Here’s what you’ll get with the bundle:

    Chakra Healing eBook

    • Get an introduction to your seven main chakras.
    • Learn the signs and symptoms of balanced and imbalanced chakras; what causes blocked chakras; how to heal your chakras; and more about the roles and attributes of each of your body’s energy centers.
    • Get 50 positive affirmations for each chakra.
    • Get 30 journal prompts for each chakra.
    • Receive guidance on using crystals and gemstones, essential oils, yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.
    • Plus learn about spiritual concepts such as your highest self, manifestation, limiting beliefs, and more!

    Chakra Healing Workbook

    • Get infographics and guides on the seven main chakras, their attributes, healing foods, crystals, essential oils, and more!
    • Create your dream life and assess how each of your chakras can help you achieve your dreams.
    • Connect with your highest and most authentic self.
    • Complete assessments for each of your chakras.
    • Get 14-day healing calendars with simple, guided practices for each of your seven main chakras. All calendars are repeatable so you can complete these practices as many times as you want!
    • Get journal templates for chakra healing, meditation, morning routine, and end-of-day reflections.

    8-Week Chakra Healing Guide

    • Get daily instructions to guide you through 8 weeks of chakra healing practices.
    • Take a pre-healing assessment before you start your journey.
    • Answer weekly reflection questions to get in touch with your inner self and reflect on your healing practices.
    • Receive daily positive affirmations for each week of healing.
    • Complete a healing tracker to help you track your progress.
    • Answer final reflection questions and receive guidance for next steps to take to keep your chakras open and balanced.

    Are you ready to journey within and restore balance to your mind, body, and soul? Click here to learn more and purchase your chakra healing bundle today!


    What are your favorite chakra books, journals, and healing resources? Share your favorites in the comment box below!

    And for additional chakra resources, positive affirmations, self-love tools, and more, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram!

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    7 Types Of Protection Jewelry To Guard Your Energy

    Below, discover seven types of protection jewelry to guard you from malice, danger, strife, bad luck, and negative energy. Plus, get links to bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewelry you can purchase today for each of the different categories on this list.

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    How To Use Protection Jewelry

    Protection jewelry is any type of jewelry that shields you from bad luck, negative energy, and low vibrations. While protection jewelry is commonly thought to guard you from toxic external energy, it can also serve to protect you from your own negative thoughts and feelings.

    So how exactly does protection jewelry work? The power to shield you from negative energy most often comes in the form of crystals or symbols. Crystals such as Black Tourmaline are known for their protective qualities, while symbols such as the Hamsa hand can bring you positivity and good fortune while protecting you from malice and toxic energy. You can wear these protective crystals and symbols as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, anklets, or your preferred jewelry type.

    Before you begin wearing your jewelry, I always recommend cleansing it first. Cleansing your protection jewelry erases any leftover energy from their previous owners, as well as any energy it may have picked up in its travels to you, allowing you to start with a clean slate. You can cleanse your jewelry by immersing it in Sage or Palo Santo, running it under water, letting it sit in nature for 24 hours, setting it out under the sun or moon, or placing it on top of or next to a piece of Selenite or Clear Quartz. If you want to learn a little more about these methods for cleansing your jewelry, you can click here for a deeper explanation into each method.

    Below, you’ll learn about seven types of protection jewelry that can shield you from negative energy. I’ve also added links to bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewelry you can purchase today for each of the different categories.

    Use the links below to jump to any of the types of protection jewelry you want to learn more about:

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    Protection Jewelry

    Black Tourmaline For Mind, Body & Spirit Protection

    Black Tourmaline is known to be a powerful protection stone; when you step outside wearing or holding a piece of Black Tourmaline, you can think of it as though you’re walking with an invisible shield protecting your entire being: mind, body, and spirit. Black Tourmaline will protect you from toxic energy and low vibrations that may threaten to disrupt the positivity and stability you’ve cultivated within. It’s also powerfully linked to the root chakra, your body’s energy center for stability, security, and groundedness. By keeping your root chakra open and activated, Black Tourmaline will help you to remain strong, steady, and confident as you walk through your day. Use Black Tourmaline as your personal bodyguard to shield your energy and help you to feel grounded and secure as you move through the world.

    Hamsa For Protection From Malice & Bad Intentions

    The Hamsa hand has many spiritual meanings, but its most prominent meaning is to protect you from another person’s ill-will, malice, or bad intentions. Not only does the Hamsa hand repel toxic energy, but it can also bring you more positive energy and even usher in good fortune. Note that the direction the Hamsa hand matters, so you may choose to wear it facing up or down depending on your current needs. When it’s facing down, it’s known to bring you more positivity, abundance, and good luck. When it’s facing up, it will protect you from malice, bad intentions, and even your own negative thoughts. (It can also protect you from bad luck, so if you’re having one of those weeks when it feels like everything is going wrong, this is a good one to wear.)

    Evil Eye For Protection From Danger & Evil

    The Evil Eye may be the most controversial addition to this list, as some people are naturally drawn to this symbol while others feel like it, itself, gives off negative energy. This is completely okay. Don’t overthink it; if it feels good to you, you can purchase Evil Eye protection jewelry, but if not, try something else that feels a little better. So what exactly does the Evil Eye symbolize? The Evil Eye is meant to keep you safe, secure, and protect you from danger, strife, and malicious intent. (One reason why the Evil Eye can be so controversial is that historically, this symbol has been seen as a curse you put on someone to cause them bad luck and misfortune. However, when wearing it as jewelry, it has the opposite meaning: it protects you from anyone who would wish to cast the Evil Eye upon you.)

    Chakra Jewelry For Energy Protection

    Chakras are the energy centers in your body through which your prana, or life force, flows. Energy is meant to flow, and when your chakras are open, your life force energy can flow freely through your various energy centers. But when one of your chakras becomes blocked, your life force energy stagnates. This results in mental, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual blockages. While many people believe there are 114 chakras in (and around) your body, we usually focus on the seven “main” ones: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown.

    I have lots of chakra resources throughout this website, so I won’t go into too much detail here. (I’ve linked to some articles below if you want to learn more.) For each chakra, there are various crystals and gemstones that will help to heal and protect these energy centers to ensure your life force energy is continuing to flow.

    You can find jewelry that contains a stone for each of your body’s energy centers, or you can choose specific stones if there’s just one chakra you want to focus on.

    Here are some of the crystals and gemstones for each of your body’s seven main chakras:

    • Root: Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz
    • Sacral: Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Jasper, Red Tiger’s Eye
    • Solar Plexus: Citrine, Carnelian, Topaz, Tiger’s Eye
    • Heart: Rose Quartz, Apophyllite, Rhodonite, Pink Opal
    • Throat: Blue Lace Agate, Celestite, Aquamarine, Turquoise
    • Third Eye: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Apophyllite
    • Crown: Selenite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Lepidolite

    Discover More About Chakras

    Discover more about chakras using the links below, plus get journal prompts and affirmations for each of your body’s main energy centers!

    Dreamcatchers For Sleep Protection

    Dreamcatchers are meant to protect you from nightmares and harmful thoughts while simultaneously keeping you safe with good dreams and positive thoughts while you sleep. Like a spider’s web, a dreamcatcher will trap the bad visions and allow only good visions to go through. However, dreamcatchers aren’t solely for sleep protection. Many believe they can protect you from any kind of external evil, not just bad visions and nightmares.

    To learn more, this article from Terry Cralle does a great job of explaining the meaning and history of the dreamcatcher.

    Hematite For Grounding & Protection

    When you feel like your foundation has been shaken, Hematite is the ultimate grounding stone to pull you back to earth. Hematite will restore your steady foundation while also guiding you to release feelings of stress, worry, and insecurity. Another bonus of Hematite is that it’s a protective stone. This means that in addition to helping you to feel grounded and balanced, it will also protect you from external negative energy that may threaten to shake your stable foundation. The ability to help you stay grounded and protected makes Hematite a powerhouse in all kinds of situations: at work or at home, while you’re driving or commuting, at the grocery store or your in-laws’ house, and everywhere in-between.

    Shungite For EMF Protection

    Shungite differs a bit from most stones you see in crystal shops in that it’s not technically a crystal. Don’t let that deter you, though. This carbon-based stone is one of the strongest healing stones you can find, used most often for physical, spiritual, and emotional protection. When you’re feeling heavy and worn out, use this stone to remove toxic energy and to cleanse your spirit of any negativity that’s forged its way within. Shungite can also ground your energy and help you to stay focused on your tasks and goals, acting like a shield against procrastination and outer noise. Finally, Shungite is also popularly used for EMF (electromagnetic field) protection, so if you spend a lot of time around electronic devices, this stone can protect you from any harmful frequencies they may emit.


    What’s your favorite type of protection jewelry? Do you have any special rituals or practices you do before wearing it? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

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    Chakra Affirmations: 70 Affirmations for Your 7 Chakras

    In this post, discover 70 powerful chakra affirmations for your 7 main chakras. You’ll get 10 of my go-to affirmations for each of the body’s main energy centers, plus you can download images to your phone or device to save for later!

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    Your 7 Main Chakras

    Before we dive into chakra affirmations, let’s first break down what exactly a chakra is and why it’s important.

    Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disk.” A commonly accepted definition for the word chakra is a wheel of energy in your body. This wheel of energy isn’t something you physically see, but rather you experience it through feelings, sensations, and your own inner knowing.

    When talking about chakras, we typically focus on the seven main ones in your body: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. However, your body actually has 114 energy centers in your body, and some people believe there to be more.

    So what exactly do these energy centers do? Through your body, your life force, or prana, flows. Ideally, your life force is always flowing freely throughout your energy system, but sometimes, it might get stuck, causing one or more of your chakras to become underactive or overactive.

    One of the most profound ways to heal an imbalanced chakra is to incorporate powerful affirmations into your daily routine. Chakra affirmations allow you to realign with your highest and truest self: the person you are when you strip away external stresses, experiences, and circumstances. This is the real you: the part of you that is eternal, limitless, and infinite.

    Below, you’ll find 70 total affirmations for your 7 main chakras (10 for each of your energy centers). You’ll also find images that you can save to any of your devices if you want to come back to these affirmations again and again. I also provide you with some suggestions for how to use chakra affirmations to get the most out of them.

    And if you’re interested in exploring more about chakras and want to begin your own powerful journey of chakra healing, you can check out my Chakra Healing Bundle, which contains a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. These healing resources are designed to help you begin a profound journey into aligning with your highest self, healing your soul, and cultivating unconditional self-love.

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    How to Use Chakra Affirmations

    • Meditation: You can choose to connect with one or all of your chakras during a single meditation. For instance, if you’re connecting with the root chakra, envision it as a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. As you do this, recite grounding root chakra affirmations. To connect with each of your chakras in a single meditation, start at the root chakra and recite one or two affirmations. Then, move to the sacral chakra and continue to work upwards along your spine.
    • Mirror Work: Stand in front of the mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Take a deep breath and focus on one chakra at a time. You can look at the physical location of the chakra in the mirror, but also try to connect to it within. Recite the chakra affirmations that your soul needs most in this moment.
    • Post-Its: Leave post-it notes in visible places that you’ll see throughout the day. On each post-it note, write a chakra affirmation that resonates with you. Whenever you see the post-it note, recite the affirmation either silently or out loud, feeling the positive words in every cell of your being. For an added bonus, you can use post-its that correlate with the color of each chakra.
    • Color Therapy: Color therapy is the act of immersing yourself in the color associated with that chakra. One way to use color therapy and affirmations in conjunction is to make it a game. For instance, if you’re working with your heart chakra, as you go about your day, pay attention to the world around you. Whenever you see something green in your external world, recite a heart chakra affirmation either silently or aloud. You can do this with one or multiple chakras at a time.

    Chakra Affirmations

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    Root Chakra Affirmations

    • I am safe and secure.
    • I am rooted in this present moment.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I have access to all the resources I need to survive and thrive.
    • I am equipped with all the tools I need to succeed.
    • Everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • Deep inner peace is my natural state.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • All my needs are always met.

    For more affirmations, check out my post, 35 Root Chakra Affirmations to Remain Strong, Steady, and Grounded.

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    Sacral Chakra Affirmations

    • I am creative, passionate, and inspired. 
    • I feel joyful, energetic, and alive.
    • My emotions flow freely in a balanced and healthy way.
    • Endless prosperity flows to and through me.
    • I find new ways to express my creativity.
    • It is right for me to choose joy, fun, and play in my daily life.
    • I deeply respect and honor my sacred body.
    • My body is a masterpiece.
    • I listen to my sacred body and give it what it needs.
    • I am worthy and deserving of respect from myself and others.

    For more sacral chakra affirmations, check out my post, 35 Sacral Chakra Affirmations to Live a Passionate, Fun, Create Life.

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    Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations

    • I am strong, powerful, and confident.
    • I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
    • I am motivated, persistent, and successful.
    • I am aligned with my purpose.
    • I have the confidence and power to take big leaps.
    • I hold the key to my own happiness.
    • My soul is radiant, my body is strong, and my mind is brilliant.
    • I am fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.
    • I have the courage and confidence to accept my dreams as reality.
    • I am enough. I have always been enough. I will always be enough.

    For more empowering affirmations, check out my post, 35 Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations for Confidence, Motivation, and Positivity.

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    Heart Chakra Affirmations

    • I am loved, loving, and lovable.
    • I am patient, peaceful, and calm.
    • I choose to be kind to myself and love myself unconditionally.
    • I am aligned with the highest frequency of love.
    • I am a beacon of love and compassion.
    • I am kind, generous, and compassionate.
    • I lovingly nurture my mind, body, and spirit.
    • I am a loving and powerful force in the world.
    • I honor my heart. I honor my loving energy. I honor who I am.
    • am love.

    For more heart chakra affirmations, check out 40 Heart Chakra Affirmations for Serenity, Compassion, and Unconditional Love.

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    Throat Chakra Affirmations

    • I am able to calmly and effectively speak my truth.
    • I live an honest, authentic, wholehearted life. 
    • I express myself clearly and openly.
    • I speak with calm, clarity, and confidence.
    • I add value to every conversation I participate in.
    • My insight is welcome, needed, and valuable.
    • I am empowered to speak my truth.
    • I am a good listener and give others my undivided attention when they speak.
    • I value the words of others.
    • I remain true to myself in all that I say and do.

    For more affirmations, check out 35 Throat Chakra Affirmations for Speaking Your Truth.

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    Third Eye Chakra Affirmations

    • I see and think clearly. 
    • My mind is strong, open, and clear. 
    • I trust my intuition to guide me in making good decisions.
    • My inner knowing always knows the way.
    • I follow my intuition and know that nothing is put before me that I can’t handle.
    • All that I seek I can find within me.
    • I am insightful, intuitive, and imaginative.
    • My imagination is vast, expansive, and endless.
    • I trust the signs and synchronicities that show up in my daily life.
    • I honor my inner knowing and trust my path.

    For more third eye chakra affirmations, check out my post, 40 Third Eye Chakra Affirmations for Wisdom, Clarity, and Insight.

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    Crown Chakra Affirmations

    • I am a spiritual being in a human body.
    • I honor the sacred divinity that exists within me.
    • My body is a beautiful home for my radiant soul.
    • I am divinely protected, inspired, and guided by the Universe.
    • I surrender to the loving will of the Universe.
    • I am aligned with my soul’s purpose and truth
    • Eternal peace flows to and through me.
    • I release the need to control my life and surrender to a higher power.
    • Even when the world is immersed in darkness, I walk forward in faith, love, and light.
    • I am love. I am light. I am connected to all.

    For more affirmations, check out 35 Crown Chakra Affirmations for Connecting to Your Highest Self.


    What are your favorite ways to use chakra affirmations? Are there any chakra affirmations that especially resonate with you? Leave your comments in the box below!

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    Chakra Healing Foods: A Complete Guide (w/ Chart)

    In this post, discover healing foods for each of your body’s chakras, plus save and print a handy chakra foods chart to keep with you whenever you want to connect with any of your chakras through food.

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    Chakra Healing

    When you think of the effects that food has on your body, it’s likely that you immediately think of the physical impacts; through conscious food choices, you can incorporate food into your diet that might help you lose or gain weight and/or muscle.

    But your food choices don’t just affect your physical self; they have a profound impact on your mental, emotional, and spiritual self as well. In fact, your mind, body, and spirit are all affected every single day by your food intake in ways that you may not even see.

    That’s why intentionally choosing food that works with your internal energy is so important: because the effects extend beyond your physical self and digestive system and have an impact on your entire well-being.

    Below, you’ll find a list of healing foods for each of your body’s energy centers along with a handy chart you can print or save to your phone. If you want to connect with a particular chakra, incorporate foods into your snacks and meals that correspond with that chakra. Be intentional with this practice. For instance, if you’re connecting with your root chakra and have added sweet potatoes to one of your meals, set the intention to connect with your root chakra before you start eating. As you eat, remain mindful of the energy in and around your root chakra. You might also internally recite some root chakra affirmations as you’re eating. (You can find links to affirmations for each of your body’s energy centers in the sections below.)

    I’ve added some links in the box below if you want to learn more about your chakra system and the seven main chakras. For an overview on all the chakras, you can check out my post on the chakra colors and meanings here.

    And if you want to learn more about opening, activating, and healing your body’s energy centers, be sure to check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle. The bundle comes with a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. (All items can be purchased individually as well!)

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    Discover More About Chakras

    Discover more about chakras using the links below, plus get journal prompts and affirmations for each of your body’s main energy centers! And for deeper insight into chakras as well as guidance on profound chakra healing, check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. You can also discover more in my online shop.

    Chakra Healing Foods

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    Root Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Root Chakra Foods
    • Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots
    • Red fruits such as apples, strawberries, and cherries
    • Protein-rich foods such as beans and nut butters

    Want to learn more about root chakra healing? Discover 14 practices to heal your root chakra here. For even more root chakra healing, get root chakra affirmations here and root chakra journal prompts here.

    Sacral Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Sacral Chakra Foods
    • Spices such as cinnamon
    • Orange produce such as mangoes, oranges, and carrots
    • Honey

    Looking to heal your sacral chakra? Get 14 powerful practices for healing the sacral chakra here. Plus get sacral chakra affirmations here and journal prompts here!

    Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Solar Plexus Chakra Foods
    • Complex carbs such as oatmeal and quinoa
    • Yellow produce such as bananas, pineapple, and squash
    • Ginger, turmeric, cumin, fennel

    Want more solar plexus chakra healing practices? Check out these solar plexus chakra affirmations and journal prompts.

    Heart Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Heart Chakra Foods
    • Heart-healthy leafy green vegetables
    • Green tea
    • Basil, thyme, cilantro

    If you want more heart chakra healing practices, check out these heart chakra affirmations and journal prompts!

    Throat Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Throat Chakra Foods
    • Herbal teas with honey and/or lemon
    • Fruit smoothies
    • Cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew

    For deeper throat chakra healing, check out these throat chakra affirmations and journal prompts.

    Third Eye Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Third Eye Chakra Foods
    • Dark blue/purple fruits such as blueberries/blackberries
    • Brain-boosting antioxidants such as dark chocolate.
    • Grape juice

    To open, activate, and connect with your third eye chakra, check out these 40 third eye chakra affirmations and 30 journal prompts.

    Crown Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Crown Chakra Foods
    • Purified water
    • Detox and fasting (if safe for you – please follow guidance of medical professionals)

    (Why aren’t there more food choices for your crown chakra? Because food is a material thing of this earth, while the crown chakra is connected with your highest, divine self. To connect with your crown chakra, focus less on what foods to eat and more on your divine self: the truest part of you that’s untouched by human experiences.)

    Do you want to create a deeper connection to your crown chakra? Get started with these crown chakra affirmations and journal prompts.


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    Sacral Chakra Healing: Open & Balance the Sacral Chakra

    In this post, discover 14 powerful sacral chakra healing practices that will help you to open and balance your sacral chakra, your body’s energy center for creativity, passion, prosperity, joy, and sensuality. Plus, download 35 affirmations and 30 journal prompts for the sacral chakra below!

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    What is the Sacral Chakra?

    Located in your lower abdomen, your sacral chakra is your energy center for creativity, joy, prosperity, passion, openness, and playfulness. An open and balanced sacral chakra means you embrace your creativity, have high self-esteem, and are able to relax and have fun, releasing work to engage in play. Pleasure is a word often associated with the sacral chakra, as having an open sacral chakra means you find delight in all of life’s pleasures.

    This is also the energy center for sensuality and sexuality. When energy is flowing freely through this chakra, you’re more likely to have a strong, positive relationship with your body. You honor your desires and have healthy intimate relationships with others.

    The sacral chakra is about more than creativity and high self-esteem, though. When this energy center is balanced, you feel more open, adaptable, compassionate, and forgiving. You’re honest with yourself and others, and you’re able to let go of grudges that don’t serve your well-being. Because you have a strong and healthy relationship with yourself, you know that holding onto negative emotions such as anger, resentment, and bitterness only harms you in the long run, so you’re able to let these things go in order to take care of your mind, body, and spirit.

    In this post, we’ll look deeper into the sacral chakra and discuss 14 powerful practices for opening, balancing, and healing your second energy center. First, here are some of the key attributes of the sacral chakra:

    • Sanskrit Name: Svadhishthana (Sva = “self”; shthana = “place”)
    • Location: Lower abdomen (below your navel)
    • Color: Orange
    • Body Parts: Womb, Bladder, Lower Back, Reproductive Organs
    • Symbol: Six-petaled lotus with a moon crescent in the center
    • Element: Water
    • Mantra: VAM
    • Affirmation: I feel
    • Balanced Attributes: Creative, Joyful, Playful, Prosperous, Stable, Sexual, Sensual, Passionate, Open, Energetic, Honest, Forgiving
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Creativity, Unstable, Insecure, Anxious, Scattered, Lazy, Fearful, Disconnected, Depressed, Unmotivated, Negative, Lack of Sensuality
    • Fundamental Need: Emotional flow, desire, sexuality
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    Sacral Chakra Healing

    If you live in a culture that prioritizes work over play, sacral chakra healing can be an especially important and profound self-care practice. It’s also important if you grew up with a negative relationship your own body, or if you’re not fully comfortable in your sensuality and sexuality.

    So how does sacral chakra healing really work? First, it’s important to understand your chakra system and the energy within your body. While you often only hear about the seven main chakras, there are actually 114 chakras throughout your body. (And some believe there to be more!) These chakras are connected by energy channels called nadis. You can think of nadis kind of like roads that vehicles travel upon. Energy travels through these energy channels to get to each of your chakras.

    In a perfect system, your energy is flowing freely all the time. Unfortunately, energy often becomes stuck inside this system, causing your chakras to become either overactive or underactive. Ignoring these blockages won’t make them go away. To get energy moving again, you need to engage in healing practices to help stimulate your life force (prana).

    The type of healing you need will depend on the level of blockage you’re experiencing. For instance, if you’re experiencing some writer’s block or feeling excess negativity within, but this isn’t normal for you, meditation and gentle movement through yoga may help to get the energy flowing again. But if your blockage goes deeper, you may need to engage in profound inner child healing practices in order to get to the source of the blockage so that you can work with it, release it, and stimulate the free flow of energy within.

    Below, you’ll find 14 powerful healing practices to open, balance, and activate your sacral chakra. You can use any of these practices as part of your daily routine, or you can choose a few when you feel like your sacral chakra is blocked and imbalanced. I’ve also linked to several other posts that provide further understanding into the healing practices on this list.

    And for deeper insight into chakras as well as guidance on profound chakra healing, check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. You can also discover more in my online shop.

    Get Creative

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity?

    Actually, let me rephrase that.

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity that has absolutely no end goal? It’s not meant to be productive. It’s not meant to be good. And it’s definitely not meant to be perfect. It’s just pure, unrestricted, joyful creativity.

    This is the type of creativity you feel when you’re in a total flow state. And there’s a good chance it’s not the type of creative outlet you’re best at. For instance, I’m a writer. I’m writing blog posts and articles every single day, and I also often work on fiction stories in my spare time. But even then, I have a very hard time letting go of my inner perfectionist. So when I’m working with my sacral chakra, I never turn to writing to stimulate my creativity. Rather, I often do something that I’m not very objectively good at, like painting. I embrace the fun and play of it all, and I let go and allow my inner creative to guide me wherever she wants to go.

    Embracing your creative flow is one of the most beneficial practices you can do when working with your sacral chakra. Do something you feel good about that isn’t related to your job and that you don’t feel the need to be perfect when doing. Let it be both messy and beautiful!

    Spend Time In Water

    The sacral chakra’s associated element is water, and there are several powerful ways you can use water to connect with this energy center. My personal favorite practice is to take a luxurious bubble bath. When your sacral chakra is open and balanced, you have a positive relationship with your body and embrace your own divine sensuality. A warm bubble bath is the perfect way to honor your body. I also love to pair this practice with aromatherapy and crystal healing, which you’ll read more about below. Turn off the lights, place your sacral chakra healing crystals around the tub, and use cinnamon-scented candles or essential oils to set the mood for profound sacral chakra healing.

    (Not a bath person? Get some ideas for shower meditations here.)

    Of course, you can also find water all over nature, which is one of our greatest teachers and healers of all. Oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams all offer opportunities to connect with your sacral chakra. If you’re not too keen on getting in the water, that’s okay! Even sitting near the water while meditating, journaling, or simply sitting in silence can offer meaningful healing.

    Mirror Work

    Mirror work can be a beneficial practice for your entire chakra system as a whole, but I especially like it for sacral chakra healing because it can help build self-esteem and connect you to your body, which are all important aspects of the sacral chakra. What does mirror work entail exactly? First, stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. If possible, try to use a mirror that shows at least half your body. Bring a gentle smile to your lips. As you’re looking yourself in the eyes, start complimenting yourself. Affirm all the things you love about yourself, both inside and out. If you’re complimenting your arms, you can gently brush your fingertips against your arms in loving reverence. The same goes for your face, chest, legs, and all the rest of your divine being. If you’re feeling super confident, you can even start dancing in front of the mirror. Your dancing can be fun and joyful or sultry and sensual; do what feels most comfortable to you! When you’re about done, look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself I love you. Repeat this practice as often as you want.

    Uplifting Affirmations

    Positive affirmations are a powerful way to lift your vibrations and align yourself with the energy you want to attract. For sacral chakra healing, focus on words that affirm your joy, creativity, passion, prosperity, openness, sensuality, and sexuality. Use these affirmations throughout your day.

    Below, you can find some sacral chakra affirmations to get you started. For more, check out my post, 35 Sacral Chakra Affirmations to Live a Passionate Life.

    • I am open to the flow of creativity.
    • I am creative, passionate, and inspired. 
    • I feel joyful, energetic, and alive.
    • I am pure, positive energy.
    • My emotions flow freely in a balanced and healthy way. 
    • I allow the flow of positive energy to effortlessly move through me.
    • I live a creative, vibrant, passionate life.
    • I am vibrating pure joy, abundance, and prosperity.
    • Endless prosperity flows to and through me.
    • I am cultivating a beautiful life free of stress, worries, or fear.
    • I deserve absolute and unconditional bliss.
    • Unconditional joy is my birthright.
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    Dance

    When your sacral chakra is blocked, you may feel withdrawn, tense, negative, and/or fearful. Dancing is one of the best ways to allow energy to flow freely throughout your body as you release any tension you may be holding onto within. Does the idea of dancing in front of people feel too overwhelming? That’s okay! This practice can often be most beneficial when you’re completely alone. If you’re at home or somewhere safe, play some music that resonates with you. It can be fast and upbeat or slow and sensual. You can set the mood by turning off lights, lighting candles, and/or changing into clothes that make you feel your best. Then, all you have to do is simply dance. Let loose, knowing you are completely safe. You can move in any way that feels right to you, but I do recommend connecting to your hips and lower abdomen from time to time in order to stimulate the energy in and around your sacral chakra.

    Meditation

    There are several ways you can use meditation to connect with your sacral chakra and guide you toward profound healing. One sacral chakra healing practice is to envision a bright orange glowing orb in your lower abdomen. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. You can also recite some uplifting affirmations as you do this.

    You might also choose to envision living a day in the life as your truest, most authentic self with an open and balanced sacral chakra. How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? What do you do during the day? How do you speak to yourself and others? How do you incorporate play, fun, creativity, and joy into your day? How do you feel about your body? See all the details play out in your visualization, and feel the positive feelings of having an open sacral chakra.

    Write a Letter to Your Inner Child

    When you were a child, was using your imagination encouraged or discouraged? Did you engage in creative activities? Did you find creativity to be fun, or were you often preoccupied with being perfect? Did anyone ever say anything to discourage your creativity? Were you forced to grow up too fast? Take some time to sit and write a letter to your inner child. Affirm to this part of you that it’s safe to be creative. Encourage them to play more and to do things that bring them joy. Tell your inner child everything he or she needs to hear regarding play, fun, creativity, and joy. Build up their self-esteem. Was there something you always wished an adult would tell you? Tell it to yourself now.

    Journaling

    Journaling is one of my personal favorite practices for connecting with all of my chakras. If you can, I recommend making journaling a sacred time in which you’re not interrupted. If you have a quiet spot in your home, set some time aside to go there so you can connect with your inner self. You might even choose to surround yourself with crystals, essential oils, and other healing tools.

    To work with the sacral chakra, you can use journal prompts that are dedicated to connecting with the sacral chakra. To get started, you can check out my post, 30 Journal Prompts to Open and Heal the Sacral Chakra. Another powerful journaling practice is to write down sacral chakra affirmations, feeling the uplifting and positive emotions of the words as you write them. You can even make your journaling a time to get creative. Do you have an awesome idea for a movie, book, or TV show? Write down the story in your journal! (Just make sure to release your inner perfectionist during this time.)

    Visualization

    Visualization can be a powerful tool in connecting to your inner self, healing your energy, and manifesting the life you desire. One reason it can be especially powerful for sacral chakra healing is that it allows you to engage with your imagination. If you haven’t used your imagination much since you were a child, this can be an especially profound healing method for you. There are several ways you can use visualization to connect with the sacral chakra. You can use any of the exercises outlined in the Meditation section above, or you can simply allow your imagination to take over your visualization and see where it leads. Since water is the element connected to the sacral chakra, you might also visualize yourself playing beneath a waterfall or floating in a river. Imagine that the water is rinsing away all negative and blocked energy and healing your life force within.

    Yoga

    Yoga is a profound healing practice for all of your chakras, but I especially love it for working with the sacral chakra because it allows you to connect with your body in a personal and powerful way. For sacral chakra healing, make sure to incorporate hip-opening poses into your practice. During your practice, breathe into your lower abdomen and focus on connecting with your sacral chakra. Let this practice be a sacred time in which you honor your body and treat it with respect and reverence.

    Here are some poses (asanas) you can incorporate into your practice when working with the sacral chakra:

    • Pigeon
    • Butterly
    • Cobra
    • Frog
    • Goddess squat

    Aromatherapy

    Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural plant extracts for therapeutic healing. This is one of my favorite underutilized healing practices, and it’s super easy to incorporate into your daily routine. For sacral chakra healing, use citrusy and/or spicy scents such as Orange, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Bergamot, Neroli, Cypress, Cardamom. For more information on how to use essential oils to heal the chakras, check out my post, A Guide to Essential Oils for Chakra Healing.

    Color Therapy

    In chakra healing, color therapy is the practice of surrounding yourself with the corresponding color of the chakra you want to open, activate, and/or heal. For sacral chakra healing, that means immersing yourself in all things orange. You can eat orange food, write in orange pen, wear orange clothing, and surround yourself in orange items. One of my favorite color therapy practices is to write empowering affirmations on colored post-it notes. So for sacral chakra healing, you might write uplifting sacral chakra affirmations on orange post-its.

    One of the most important things to remember here is to be intentional with this practice. Choose your items with the intention of healing your sacral chakra. You might find it helpful to play an affirmation game with your color therapy practice. For instance, if you decide to wear a piece of jewelry that has an orange gemstone, say an uplifting sacral chakra affirmation every time you touch or see this item. You can also decide that anytime you see an orange item while you’re out and about during the day, you’ll internally say a sacral chakra affirmation or express gratitude for an aspect of yourself related to the sacral chakra.

    Food

    Food can have a profound influence on your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self. While we often think of food as primarily affecting the body, it also affects the mind and spirit as well. For sacral chakra healing, add your favorite spices (such as cinnamon) to drinks and meals. Add orange produce such as carrots, mangoes, and oranges to your snacks or meals. You can also add sweet, antioxidant-filled honey to your tea, yogurt, or toast. (Or however you best like to savor it.)

    Crystals & Gemstones

    Each chakra is linked to powerful crystals that help you to connect to your energy centers and stimulate the effortless flow within. For sacral chakra healing, you can use crystals that stimulate creativity and passion, such as Orange Calcite, Jasper, Carnelian, Red Tiger’s Eye, Coral, and Fire Opal. Use these crystals in meditation, as jewelry, in crystal grids, in a sacred space, or keep them with you throughout the day. For more on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals, you can read my post on all things crystal related here. And for more on chakra healing crystals, click here.


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    Root Chakra Healing: Open & Balance the Root Chakra

    In this post, discover 14 powerful root chakra healing practices that will help you to open and balance your root chakra, allowing you to feel stable and secure, no matter what’s going on in your external world. Plus, download 35 affirmations and 30 journal prompts for the root chakra below!

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    What is the Root Chakra?

    Located at the base of your spine, the root chakra is your body’s energy center for stability, safety, strength, security, groundedness, and inner peace. Your root chakra acts as your foundation. This is where you build your strength, power, and steadiness so that the flow of energy can easily move freely throughout your entire body.

    A good metaphor is to think of your root chakra like the roots of a tree. With strong roots, you’ll remain stable, firm, and supported, no matter which way the wind blows. And that’s truly what your root chakra does for you; with an open and balanced root chakra, you’ll remain grounded, centered, and calm, no matter what’s going on in your external world.

    Does this mean everything’s perfect all the time? Absolutely not. A balanced root chakra signifies that you feel firm in your place in life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have hopes and dreams for something more. However, because you feel so solid and steady, you’re not desperate or distressed as you wait for your dreams to manifest. Rather, you’re able to let go, trust, and ground yourself to the present moment, knowing that all is truly going to be okay.

    In this post, we’ll dive deep into root chakra healing and discuss 14 powerful practices for opening, balancing, and healing the root chakra. First, here are some of the key attributes of the root chakra:

    • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (Mula: “root”; Adhara: “support” or “base”)
    • Location: Base of spine
    • Color: Red
    • Body Parts: Legs, Colon, Kidneys, Prostate, Bladder, Tailbone
    • Symbol: Four-petaled lotus with a square in the middle
    • Element: Earth
    • Mantra: LAM
    • Affirmation: I am
    • Balanced Attributes: Secure, Grounded, Strong, Centered, Stable, Steady, Safe, Peaceful, Supported, All Basic Needs Are Met
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Insecure, Anxious, Depressed, Scattered, Disconnected, Restless, Fearful, Cynical, Neglected, Worried
    • Fundamental Need: Survival
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    Root Chakra Healing

    Even though each of your body’s energy centers has its own distinct role, it’s important to remember that all of your chakras, along with your life force (prana) and energy channels (nadis) act as one whole system. When one is blocked, it affects the rest of your chakra system, causing other energy centers to become underactive or overactive.

    That’s why root chakra healing is one of the most profound self-care practices you can do for your mind, body, and spirit. As your foundation, it’s important to maintain an open and balanced root chakra in order to keep your entire chakra system in balance. I like to think of it like this: your root chakra represents your basic needs, like warmth, rest, and security. If one of these basic needs isn’t being met, it would be hard to to cultivate a deeper relationship with your other chakras and feelings of creativity, passion, love, and intuition.

    But when you take the time to create a solid and stable foundation, you give these other aspects of your being a chance to thrive.

    Below, you’ll find 14 powerful root chakra healing practices to open, balance, and activate this important energy center. You can use these practices as part of your daily routine, or pick some to do when you’re feeling imbalanced and misaligned. I’ve also linked to several other posts that provide further understanding into the healing practices on this list.

    And for deeper insight into chakras as well as guidance on profound chakra healing, check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. You can also discover more in my online shop.

    Ensure Basic Needs Are Being Met

    The root chakra acts as your foundation, and at your most basic level, before anything else, you have physiological and safety needs that need to be met in order to have a solid and stable foundation. These needs include food, water, warmth, rest, security, and safety. While the rest of the practices on this list are powerful on their own, nothing can bring you long-term healing if your basic needs aren’t being met.

    Unfortunately, depending on your life situation, this isn’t always easy. What do you do if food isn’t always readily available? What if you don’t feel safe and secure in your environment? What if your busy schedule doesn’t allow for rest? There’s no easy, one-size-fits-all answer here. So this is the best advice I can give you: don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help from others.

    And also don’t be afraid to ask for help from the Universe. For most of my life, I wasn’t someone who would talk to a higher power. It wasn’t until recent years that I began sitting down and handing over my worries to the Universe. I don’t say this to make you feel good; I say this because it’s my authentic truth: every single time I’ve actually paused and spoken to the Universe, my requests have always been answered. Sometimes, in minutes. Sometimes, hours. Sometimes, days. But never, ever am I ignored.

    Meditation

    Meditation is a powerful practice for healing all of your chakras, but there’s something especially powerful when it comes to root chakra healing. Meditating in the morning can be especially profound because it allows you to get grounded, centered, and stable as you start your day. Use meditation to connect with your foundation and to breathe calm, strength, and peace into every cell of your body.

    A simple breathing meditation can be effective in root chakra healing. You might also choose to connect with your root chakra by envisioning it as a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. You can also recite some grounding affirmations as you do this (see below).

    Grounding Affirmations

    The use of positive affirmations can be a powerful healing practice that supports your total well-being: mind, body, and spirit. For root chakra healing, focus on affirmations specifically dedicated to helping you feel grounded, stable, secure, calm, strong, peaceful, and centered. You can recite affirmations as you wake up in the morning, during meditation, as you commute to work, in your journal, as you wind down for the evening, and any time you need to take a step back and allow a wave of calm to wash over you.

    I’ve written some of my favorite root chakra affirmations below. Also be sure to check out my post, 35 Root Chakra Affirmations to Remain Strong, Steady, and Grounded.

    • I am safe and secure.
    • I am rooted in this present moment.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I have access to all the resources I need to survive and thrive.
    • I am equipped with all the tools I need to succeed.
    • Everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • Deep inner peace is my natural state.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • All my needs are always met.
    • I have everything I need.
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    Connect to the Earth

    The root chakra is associated with the earth, and one of the most powerful healing activities you can perform is to immerse yourself in nature and let your bare feet touch the ground. You might also find a quiet spot to sit outside where you can journal, meditate, or just simply be. If you’re a gardener, you might choose to go outside and work in your garden, allowing your bare hands to dig into the earth. Nature is one of the greatest healers in the universe. When you take the time to connect with the earth, you connect with your roots, your foundation, and the truest, most authentic part of you.

    Breathing Exercises

    It isn’t always possible to stop what you’re doing to meditate in the middle of the day, but a breathing exercise is a more than suitable replacement that can help you to regain your feelings of calm, balance, and inner peace. Alternative nostril breathing is one of my favorite breathing practices, as this simple yet profound practice is known to calm the mind, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote overall well-being.

    Here’s another simple breathing exercise to help you feel centered and grounded:

    Inhale deeply to a count of four. Pause for a brief moment when you reach the end of your breath. Then exhale for a count of five. Pause at the end of your exhale. Then repeat the cycle. Do this as many times as needed to calm your mind and ground you to the present moment.

    Gratitude

    As you go about your day, notice all the things that contribute to your open and balanced root chakra. These things might include the locks on your doors that keep you safe; the money in your bank account; the food in your kitchen; the blankets that keep you warm; your strong, healthy body; access to clean water; and more. As you notice everything in your life that allows you to have a solid foundation, say a little thank you for each thing. These can often be the things we take for granted, so acknowledging all the positive aspects of your life with sincere appreciation can be a powerful reminder of your abundance.

    And don’t forget to express gratitude for your own inner qualities and talents. For instance, you might express gratitude for your ability to stay grounded and calm in all situations. You can also express gratitude for your inner strength and resilience. All of these things contribute to a balanced, open, and healed root chakra.

    Journaling

    Journaling is a profound practice to get in touch with your inner self, gently probe your thoughts and beliefs, explore your feelings, and connect with your body’s energy centers. For journaling specifically focused on root chakra healing, you can take a variety of approaches. You can center your practice on writing root chakra affirmations, do the gratitude practice in the section above in written form, or answer journal prompts that pertain to the root chakra. For root chakra journal prompts, check out my post, 30 Journal Prompts to Open and Heal the Root Chakra.

    When you sit down to journal, first set the intention to connect with your root chakra. Seal this intention with a few deep, grounding breaths. Choose to write with honesty and authenticity, and release any judgment or self-criticism that may come up. It’s important that you make this time a judgment-free zone. The path to healing is paved in radical honesty and acceptance.

    Visualization

    Visualization exercises can be beneficial for root chakra healing in a number of ways. One way to visualize is to follow the practice outlined in the Meditation section: connect with your root chakra by visualizing a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter.

    You can also practice visualization by envisioning your highest self with an open and balanced root chakra. What does a day in your life look like when your root chakra is completely balanced? How do you feel? How do you carry yourself? Visualize some unexpected obstacles appearing during your day, and see yourself reacting to these obstacles with a sense of calm, stability, and steadiness. After your visualization, see if you can align with that balanced and centered version of yourself as you continue through your day.

    Yoga

    Almost any well-rounded yoga practice will support total body chakra healing, as yoga supports the free flow of energy (prana) throughout your body and can clear any blockages that may exist in your energy channels (nadis). Approach your yoga practice with an open and authentic heart.

    For root chakra healing poses (asanas), check out the list below. During your practice, focus on connecting with your root chakra. Breathe into that spot at the base of your spine, and when your feet are on the floor, focus on setting up a strong and stable foundation for your body (as well as connecting to the earth).

    • Mountain Pose
    • Downward Dog
    • Tree Pose
    • Lunge Pose
    • Warrior II

    Aromatherapy

    Sense of smell can be one of the most underutilized senses for restoring balance to your internal energy, as scent has the ability to both soothe and revitalize. For root chakra healing, use earth-scented essential oils, such as Cedarwood, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Basil, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Geranium. For more information on how to use essential oils to heal the chakras, check out my post, A Guide to Essential Oils for Chakra Healing.

    Color Therapy

    Color therapy is the act of immersing yourself in the color associated with that chakra. For root chakra healing, this means immersing yourself in all things red. For instance, you can eat red food, wear red clothes, light red candles, write with red pen, and surround your space with red items. I often hear the question, “Does color therapy really work?” I wholeheartedly believe your success with color therapy is entirely tied to your intentions and belief. When you approach this practice, first set the intention to connect with your root chakra. You might decide that every time you see a certain red item, you’ll recite a grounding root chakra affirmation. You might also spend some time visualizing a bright red orb at the base of your spine. At the heart of it, don’t simply surround yourself with the color red just for the sake of it; do so with intention. Decide that you are going to cultivate a sense of groundedness, stability, and strength throughout your day.

    I also like to combine color therapy with other root chakra healing practices, such as aromatherapy and journaling.

    Food

    While we often think of food as affecting our physical selves, it also profoundly affects our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves as well. Just as eating too much junk food can be linked to anxiety, stress, and negative overall well-being, eating the right types of food can help you to feel calm, stable, and secure.

    For root chakra healing foods, focus on root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots. You might also choose red fruits such as apples, cherries, and strawberries. Finally, as your root chakra is associated with strength, make sure you get in enough protein, which you can find in beans and nut butters.

    Crystals & Gemstones

    Each chakra has powerful crystals associated with it, and these crystals can be used in various ways to balance and heal the energy within. For root chakra healing, use grounding crystals such as Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, and Red Jasper. (You can find a list of grounding crystals and stones here.)

    So how exactly do you use crystals for root chakra healing? After cleansing and programming your crystals, you can meditate with them, wear crystals as jewelry, keep them in your pocket throughout the day, create crystal grids, or keep them in a prominent spot nearby where you can easily see them. Whenever you see or hold your chosen crystal, set the intention to ground yourself to the present moment and feel a sense of security and stability, no matter what’s happening in your external world. You might also choose to recite a root chakra affirmation, such as “I am grounded,” or “All my needs are always met.”

    Here’s a few more posts to help you get started with using crystals and gemstones to heal the chakras:

    Connect to Your Highest Self

    What does this mean? Who is your highest self?

    Your highest self is your truest, most authentic self. This part of you is untouched by external circumstances, appearances, and experiences. It is eternal and unchanging. This essence exists beyond your body and physical appearances.

    If you stripped everything else away, this part of you would remain: the real and true you.

    Your highest self is also the person you are when all of your chakras are open and balanced and energy is flowing freely throughout your body. And this all starts with your foundation: your root chakra.

    One of the most powerful chakra healing practices you can do is to spend a day walking in the shoes of your highest, most authentic self. For root chakra healing, set the intention to walk through a day as your highest self with an open, healed, and balanced root chakra. Start the day feeling grounded, secure, stable, strong, and supported. Keep this version of you in mind as you interact with others and also in the way you talk to yourself. Anytime you find yourself straying from your highest self, simply choose to realign.

    It may help to first journal about your highest self so you have a clear picture of who that person is before you start your day. No matter what, remember to refrain from self-criticism and judgment, and have compassion and love for all parts of you. Let this experience serve your highest good and support your growth.


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    Alternate Nostril Breathing Benefits & How-To Guide

    In this post, discover the health benefits of alternate nostril breathing, a breath control practice in which you alternate inhaling and exhaling out of either nostril. You’ll also learn about the spiritual benefits of this practice as well as get a step-by-step guide on how to start today.

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    What is Alternate Nostril Breathing?

    Alternate nostril breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana or Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (translated to “subtle energy clearing breathing technique”), is a breath control practice commonly used in meditation and yoga. It’s often used as a way to clear blocked energy within your body as well as to cultivate a sense of calm and stillness within.

    The practice of alternate nostril breathing is exactly as it sounds; it’s a breathing technique in which you alternate breathing in and out of each of your nostrils by closing off one of your nostrils with your fingers.

    A typical practice might look something like this: close your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril. At the top of your inhale, switch and close your left nostril, exhaling out of your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril, then close it and exhale out of your left nostril. Inhale through your left nostril, then close it and exhale out of your right nostril. Continue this pattern for the remainder of your practice.

    Below, I’ll discuss this practice in greater detail. First, though, let’s look at the health benefits of alternate nostril breathing as well as the spiritual benefits to utilizing this powerful practice.

    Health Benefits

    So why practice alternate nostril breathing? Personally, I practice it as a way to calm my mind and ground myself to the present moment. When I sit down to meditate, I find it helpful to take a minute or two to practice alternative nostril breathing before I begin. This helps me to release distractions, clear my mind, and get centered as I start my meditation.

    I also use alternate nostril breathing as a way to clear any blockages in my body’s energy channels, which I’ll discuss in more detail in the Spiritual Health Benefits section below.

    Here are some of the commonly cited health benefits of alternate nostril breathing:

    • Calms the mind
    • Reduces anxiety
    • Reduces stress
    • Relaxes the body
    • Improves cardiovascular function
    • Improves lung function
    • Promotes overall well-being

    While the positive benefits of alternate nostril breathing have been promoted by yogis and meditation practitioners for years, there’s now some scientific evidence to back these claims up. In this 2013 study, researchers found that those who practiced alternate nostril breathing showed a reduction in perceived stress levels and well as lower heart rates, respiratory rates, and blood pressure.

    And in this 2017 study, researchers found that the practice of alternate nostril breathing (as well as other yogic breathing techniques) had a positive effect on respiratory endurance and the lung functions of competitive swimmers.

    This 2018 review also shows how various yogic breathing techniques, including alternate nostril breathing, can be beneficial to one’s overall health and well-being.

    If you have any questions about whether alternate nostril breathing could be helpful for you, please talk to your healthcare practitioner.

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    Spiritual Benefits

    The spiritual benefits of alternate nostril-breathing can be linked to your chakra system, and more specifically, your nadis. What are nadis? Nadis are the energy channels through which your life force flows; the word nadi is a Sanskrit word meaning “tube”, “channel”, or “flow.”

    Many estimate that you have between 21,000 to 72,000 nadis in your body, though some believe there could be hundreds of thousands or even millions of nadis within each of us. Two of the most important nadis that you should know about are your Ida Nadi and your Pingala Nadi.

    Your Ida Nadi is associated with your feminine energy and starts at the base of your spine (at your root chakra). It then runs through your core to your left nostril. It’s associated with right-brain dominance and what you might describe as your softer, darker energy. Your Pingala Nadi is associated your masculine energy. It starts at the base of your spine (also at your root chakra) and runs through your core to your right nostril. (The Ida Nadi and the Pingala Nadi flow upwards criss-crossing each other at your chakra points.) It’s associated with left-brain dominance and what you might describe as stronger, lighter energy.

    When your nadis become blocked, you may experience energy imbalances that can have negative effects on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self. One way to clear energy imbalances is through alternate nostril breathing.

    As you can see from the image above, your Ida Nadi runs through to your left nostril, and your Pingala Nadi runs through your right nostril. Alternate nostril breathing is a direct connection to these energy channels.

    To know if either of these nadis might be blocked, you can do a quick test now. Gently press any of the fingers on your right hand against the right side of your nose, closing the right nostril. Place the fingers of your left hand below your left nostril. Exhale through your nose, noticing whether you can feel the warm air of your exhale against your left fingers. Then try this with your right nostril.

    If you feel little or no air out of your left nostril, your Ida Nadi may be experiencing blockages. This represents your feminine energy, which is tied to surrendering, allowing, and just being. If you feel little or no air out of your right nostril, your Pingala Nadi may be experiencing blockages. This represents your masculine energy, which is tied to hustling, achieving, and doing. Neither side is more or less important than the other; when you find a balance between the two, you’re able to live your truest, most authentic life.

    If you’re experiencing blockages to either of these energy channels, alternate nostril breathing can be a powerful tool to help clear these blockages. However, I definitely encourage you not to stop there. It’s important to listen to your inner rhythm. For instance, if you’ve been in hustle mode for too long, your inner being may tell you it’s time to step back for a while and allow yourself to just be.

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    How to Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing

    There are actually a few different methods you can follow to practice alternate nostril breathing. Below, I describe the method I use and link to a few articles for other methods. My instructions below have you starting out in a certain position, but if you just want to practice in any position while you’re at your computer or with your phone right now, that’s totally fine.

    1. You can start in your preferred meditation position, sitting cross-legged on the floor or on a chair with your feet planted on the ground. (Just not laying down.) Keep your spine straight and your head lifted.
    2. Lift your right hand. With this practice, you’re going to use three fingers: pinky, ring, and thumb. You can take your index and middle finger and fold them against your palm, so only the pinky, ring finger, and thumb are sticking up.
    3. You may want to take a few deep breaths first and spend a minute or two grounding yourself to this present moment. Take as much time as you need.
    4. With the right thumb of the right hand, close your right nostril. Inhale deeply through your left nostril.
    5. At the top of your inhale, pause. Lift your thumb from your right nostril and close your left nostril using your pinky and ring finger. Exhale fully through your right nostril.
    6. Then inhale through your right nostril, exhale through your left nostril.
    7. Inhale through your left nostril, exhale through your right nostril.
    8. Continue this pattern for several minutes, pausing at the top of each inhale and exhale. You can continue this practice for as long as you’d like.

    As you continue to practice, try to follow your breath all the way from the base of your spine to your nostrils. Both your Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi begin at the base of your spine and go through your left and right nostrils, respectively. Following the breath from the base of your spine through your nostrils allows you to connect with these energy channels, helping you to clear any blockages in either or both nadis.

    Here are a few articles that discuss alternate nostril breathing and various methods for completing this practice:


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