Mantra Monday-“I Have the Right to Be Here”

I have been all about my chakras lately.

Well, for quite some time now. I elusively heard that term tossed about before, but never quite had an understanding of these esoteric, invisible, spinning energy centers within the celestial body that connected with physical and emotional issues. If this sounds crazy and a little too far out for you, I understand. I felt the same way, at first. Until I realized how much they made sense and I could see the connections for myself. I begin to identify issues I had with some of my chakras and when I put my focus on working through them, amazing things begin to occur.

This article is a great introduction to the chakras. In the next seven weeks, I decided to devote my beginners yoga class to working through each of the chakras through yoga poses and will share them here, with mantras. The first is the root chakra.

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with your ability to be grounded and secure. Fear, abandonment and a loss of security can throw the root chakra off balance and leave one feeling as though they do not have a safe, secure place in this world. You can answer the questions at the end of this article, to explore if your root chakra is blocked.

I always thought my root chakra was pretty stable and balanced, until I got a new job a few months ago.

In my new position, I felt myself second guessing my decisions and experience. I felt my confidence waning and wondered if I had a right to even be in this position.

I recognized what was going on a few weeks into the new job, and started asserting my right to be there. When I started having doubtful and fearful feelings, I would feel my feet under the ground beneath me sink into the earth growing roots into my new position and recite to myself “I have the right to be here.”

I Have the Right to be Here

I realized big life changes throw me off my stable ground and when something is new to me, it shakes my confidence. I feel nervous, I worry about asking for help, I feel uncomfortable and constantly worry if I am doing the right thing. I need to ground myself to new situations better and remember that my experience and skills gives me the right to be there.

Mountain pose (Tadasana) is my favorite way to assert this right. This powerful pose is the foundation for any standing pose in my yoga practice. I feel unshakeable in this pose. As the sides of my feet line up with the sides of my mat, I feel balanced with the earth. As I spread out my toes to connect to ground I feel the roots take hold. As I engage my core and relax my shoulders, I feel both powerful and peaceful at the same time. And, I remember, I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HERE.

Mantra Monday-Warrior I Pose “I Honor the Power Within Me.”

I have been working through each of my chakras since completing my reiki certification, which I blogged about here. I started a 21 day chakra cleanse and take 3 days at a time to focus on each of my 7 chakras. I am on my last 7 days and 2 chakras but want to talk a bit about my experience with my solar plexus chakra and the inspiration for this week’s mantra/yoga pose.

The solar plexus chakra is associated with personal power, fortitude, will, intuition and confidence. Weakness is this area can be caused my SHAME and GUILT and lead to second guessing, indecisiveness, low self-esteem and ineffectiveness.

I have always considered this to be one of my strongest chakras and have previously felt pretty secure in this area. I consider my intuition and judgment to be on of my strong points and generally feel pretty confident about the decisions I make.

However, since starting a new job one month ago, I noticed some weakness in this area. As I still learn and get to know my new surroundings, I find myself second guessing myself and experiencing feelings of low confidence.

As I have been studying each chakra, I have been trying to incorporate various yoga poses that will help me strengthen each area and incorporate essential oils to feel more in touch with this energy center. I used lemongrass in a diffuser in my office throughout this time and let it remind me to be both sweet and strong.

I read that the Warrior poses were strengthening for the solar plexus chakra. The Warrior poses require core stability to keep the balance and strength of the posture. Warrior I both exposes and grounds the core region (where the solar plexus is located) to bring awareness and security to this area.

The mantra I used while working on this area is “I Honor the Power Within Me.” Self-doubt, questioning and second-guessing is not honoring my personal power, it is diminishing it. Last week while working on this chakra, whenever I felt insecurity creep in, I went back to the mantra, “I Honor the Power Within Me” and relied back on my instincts.

I used the picture of my step-son in Warrior I pose that I took this summer while hiking through Colorado. I love this picture. He is striking the pose over a small, wooden plank bridge over a rushing waterfall. I absolutely love how calm and confident he is, even amongst the crazy current of nature. I love his self-possesion, lack of fear and serenity. I think it perfectly embodies this mantra and will be a powerful image for me to fall back upon when feeling shaken.

I Honor the Power Within Me