Inner child work is any form of self discovery that helps you access the child you once were, along with the experiences and emotions that child was taught to repress.
1. Root chakra (associated color: red; related parts of the body: adrenal glands, kidneys, spinal column, leg bones)
The root chakra grounds us in physical existence (our bodies and the material world). Balanced root chakras result in a healthy desire for the basics of life (food, warmth, shelter, etc.) When this chakra is imbalanced, we may be afraid of life, withdraw from physical reality, feel victimized, operate in a highly selfish mode, or be prone to violence. Dysfunction of this chakra also can lead to problems of the feet, legs and lower back.
2. Sacral chakra (associated color: orange; related parts of the body: gonads, prostrate gland, reproductive system, spleen, bladder)
When properly functioning, this chakra fuels our emotions, creativity and sexuality. We feel vital and spontaneous, ready to seize the moment. Imbalance of this chakra can result in over-indulgence in sex or food, sexual or reproductive disorders, and feelings of jealousy and confusion.
3. Solar plexus chakra (associated color: yellow; related parts of the body: pancreas, liver, digestive tract, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system)
Strongly associated with intellect, the solar plexus chakra is also the seat of our personal power. When this chakra is open and balanced, its energy helps us transform our hopes and aspirations (especially material ones) into reality. We feel self-confident and have a clear sense of purpose. Dysfunction of this chakra can result in insecurity about physical and financial matters and the need to dominate others. Physical problems associated with its imbalance often include digestive disorders.
4. Heart chakra (associated color: green (secondary color: pink); related parts of the body: thymus gland, heart, lower lungs, circulatory system, skin, hands)
Acting as the bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds, the heart chakra is the center of love and emotional well being. When this chakra is functioning optimally, our ability to give and receive unconditional love is well developed. We are compassionate. Dysfunction of this chakra often results in feelings of sadness, fear and anger and can lead to heart disease.
5. Throat chakra (associated color: sky blue; related parts of the body: thyroid gland, throat and jaw areas, lungs, vocal cords, digestive tract)
The throat chakra governs communication and mental creativity. When this chakra is at its best, we speak and listen in the spirit of truth and constructively express anger and other emotions. Energizing this chakra can improve our psychic hearing ability called clairaudience. Naturally, communication suffers when this chakra is blocked. We may overindulge in eating and drinking to keep a non-communicative throat busy and suffer from respiratory diseases, dental disorders, and low self-esteem. Feelings of anger, hostility and resentment also are associated with the imbalance of this chakra.
6. Third-eye chakra (associated color: indigo; related parts of the body: pituitary gland, lower brain, left eye, ears, nose, central nervous system)
An open third-eye chakra is the source of our intuition and clairvoyance (vision beyond ordinary sight) as well as our ability to visualize and manifest. Blockages of this chakra abound, resulting in fear of the imagination, dreams and our “irrational” intuitive insights. Physical symptoms of third-eye imbalance may include persistent headaches (especially in the center of the forehead), insomnia, anxiety and depression.
7. Crown chakra (associated color: violet (also white); related parts of the body: pineal gland, upper brain, right eye)
The crown chakra is our direct connection to spirit. When it is highly developed, we fully understand the “oneness” of universal existence and experience true inner peace. The illusion of separation between ourselves and other beings dissolves. Expansion of the crown chakra enables us to tap into the highest sources of spiritual wisdom and enhance our claircognizance (psychic knowing). Blockages can result in feeling lonely, fearing death, and needing to compare ourselves (often unfavorably) to others.
Releasing Your Karma
Karma cannot be avoided. For most people, Karmic energy is returned with the same intensity with which it was generated. Depending on your previous actions, this could create happiness or suffering. Whatever happens, is the result of Karma being released, which, no matter how you view the situation, is a good thing and an opportunity for future growth. Vedanta say, “Nothing happens to you, it happens for you!”
Are you then doomed to a life of paying for past mistakes, interspersed by a few moments of pleasure? Not necessarily. By the quality of your current actions, Karma can be transformed, transmuted into a different form, or transcended completely. Here are eight practices that can help you increase the quality of your actions.
1. Make Conscious Choices
3. Cultivate Gratitude
4. Look for Growth Opportunities
5. Learn from Astrology
6. Find an Enlightened Teacher
7. Discover Your Dharma
Retreats offer the benefit of physical, emotional and psychological withdrawal from the stresses and strains of everyday life: a chance to escape from the toxic effects of noise, information overload, unrealistic demands and the frantic busy-ness of 21st century living; to enjoy a safe haven in which to start to recover from trauma and to heal on all levels.
On retreat, life is simple. Every aspect of each day allows you to relax in a quiet environment in beautiful surroundings, often with walks and some form of meditation/quiet contemplation enabling you to go into a deeper, often ignored, part of yourself. They provide space in which to regain a sense of self, of calm, of sanity.
Whilst, in the main, a Retreat involves going to a place that affords privacy, peace and quiet, a true retreat is less about an actual place than about the energy. A personal retreat might simply be via a natural communing with nature in a beautiful, peaceful setting. However, most people prefer an organized Retreat.
Retreats have existed for centuries, usually linked with spiritual and personal development. Continue reading “But What Exactly is a Retreat?”
Retreats offer everything including spiritual healing, fitness through meditation or yoga, detox and much more. Outlined below are some of the reasons for you to opt for a retreat over a regular holiday.
You will be surrounded by similar people
The perfect alternative holiday for single people
A natural way to recover from emotional stress
You will have access to experts in their field
A chance to unwind in a natural environment
Retreats provide peaceful surroundings away from your daily routine
Retreats have long-term benefits for body and mind
Its takes the stress out of planning
A retreat can be more economical than a conventional type of holiday.
So next time you are planning a holiday, look at alternatives, maybe pick a retreat so you can meet like minded people. Relax and unwind and resolve any pending concerns empowering you to regain control of enjoy your life.