The seven chakras that make up your being must be in proper balance in order for a person to fully function. Just one becoming blocked or unaligned throws your entire sense of self off balance. In order to free yourself of stress and keep yourself healthy, the seven chakras should be cleansed, but that isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Here are some simple ways to cleanse each of your seven chakras.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and it’s all about physical sensation and connection to the earth. Cleansing it is as simple as grounding yourself in nature, reminding yourself of your connection to the world around you. Spending time outside, taking time to smell the fresh air, walking amongst the trees, or sitting on the beach, is a great way to help ground yourself and clear the root chakra.
Seated just below the navel, the sacral chakra is the root of pleasure sensors. Blockages here can cause an insensitivity to others’ feelings, shame, and even an overinflated ego. One of the most cleansing substances for this particular chakra is water, which can help soothe and center you. Take some time out for yourself to have a nice long soak in the tub, a swim in a salt water pool, or a dip in the ocean, to refresh yourself and help unblock the sacral chakra.
Just above the sacral chakra is the solar, also called the solar plexus chakra. While the sacral impacts feelings toward others, the solar impacts feelings about oneself. While the sacral is cleansed with immersion in water and stillness, the solar needs movement to cleanse itself. Biking, jogging, hiking, even a walk around the neighborhood will help do the trick. Maximize the healing energy by exercising just after sunrise or sunset.
Just as the heart, the organ that provides blood and life to your body, is at the center of your chest, so is the heart chakra, the chakra that makes you open to love. If you find yourself unable to receive love freely, try giving love and caring for someone (or something else). Starting small by caring for a houseplant is one way to go if you are unable to keep a pet. But giving love to an animal, who will return that love unconditionally, is one of the best ways to open up your chakra to be ready to give and receive love from other people.
As its name suggests, the throat chakra rests in a person’s throat. It is the chakra that governs self-expression, creativity, and the desire to be heard. An open throat chakra leads to expression through words and art and communication with others around you, but a blocked chakra causes stifled creativity and difficulty making yourself understood. A great way to help cleanse it is to regularly keep a journal. Writing down thoughts, dreams, doodling whatever comes to mind, sketching the world around you, etc. can all help open up the chakra.
Located in the center of the forehead, the third eye chakra is the epicenter of your intuition. Unclogged, it allows you to be perceptive and to open yourself up to possibility and imagination. It’s also the root of your wisdom. When blocked, you become overly analytical and have trouble focusing your thoughts. The easiest method to unblock this chakra is meditation. Daily meditation can simply mean focusing on one mantra until your mind is devoid of all other thoughts. Remember to take deep, cleansing breaths to help you focus.
We’ve traveled from the root of your body and soul, now to the top. The crown chakra is located at the top of your head, providing you with an enlightened spirit. It is also the chakra that unites the use of the other six. When blocked, you are cut off from your spirit and your faith can be in jeopardy. In addition to the meditation to open your third eye, here is where prayer is recommended to help cleanse your spirit. Praying for guidance and wisdom and allowing yourself to be receptive to it enriches the spirit.