Mantra Monday: “Write A New Story”

I have been working my way through Rock Your Bliss’ 7 Weeks to Bliss program. It’s a coaching program led by two dynamic ladies (Mary Beth La Rue & Jacki Carr) who lead you through activities and work on the chakra system. They are leading the program again this summer and I would highly recommend it! You can sign up by clicking here.

This week’s topic is “SEE.” This relates to the 6th third eye chakra and our lens to the outside world. We are being challenged to catch our habitual thoughts (or “stories”) and work on not being so attached to them. On our weekly call with Mary Beth & Jacki, we were encouraged to take note of what our stories are and analyze if they are truly serving us.

We constantly create “stories” for ourselves. We have a vision of who we are, what we do and why we do it. We may even have stories for other people, situations and places.

I have been catching myself doing this, a lot. I noticed there are times when I won’t speak up about something because I already created the conversation and response in my head and figure there is no point. I don’t give myself the space to speak up and I don’t give the other person the opportunity to hear me, respond or understand my viewpoint.

I have been thinking about how powerful the words “I AM” are and how everything that comes after them creates my reality.

Some of my most common stories are “I AM too busy,” “I AM overwhelmed” or “I AM out of time.” These stories cause me to feel overwhelmed, rushed, panicked, frustrated and completely thrown off if something unexpected comes up. I realized by living in these stories, I set myself up for constantly feeling like a failure, as though what I did accomplish that day was not enough.

I decided to write a new story. I am trying to catch myself when I begin to recite some of those stories above and replace them with “I AM enough.” I do not need to accomplish everything on my to-do list (now being called my “get to-do list” as another bliss crafter suggested on the call) and in fact, I need to stop making it so unrealistically ambitious. I am not defined by how many boxes I get to check or how tired I am at the end of the day.

I encourage you to take note of what stories you are creating for yourself and give you the permission to write a new one. What are some of your habitual thoughts?

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Mantra Monday: “I Manifest My Vision”

The third eye chakra is located at the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows. It is associated with intuition, wisdom and higher knowledge. If the third chakra is off balance, illusions, anxiety and over-thinking can occur. This can manifest itself physically through vision problems and headaches.

This is my most out of control chakra. My throat chakra is the one that is naturally most closed and I have done so much work in opening. My third eye chakra is often far too open and I need to ground it back down.

I have been studying Anodea Judith’s book Eastern Body Western Mind over the past year, to slowly digest and understand the chakras. I definitely recommend this book if the chakras are of interest to you and you want more information. The thought of “illusions” felt a bit esoteric to me and I did not see how I was experiencing them in my own life. However, Judith describes illusions as the “SHOULDS” we tie to our egos. I should myself to death. I obsess, stress and become anxious of what I think I should be doing, who I think I should be or how I think I should look or act. It’s no wonder I have both vision problems and migraines.

I have also realized and prided myself in being a great judge of character, perceptive and intuitive and possessing a great degree of empathy. My impressions are generally spot on and I have a natural thirst for higher knowledge.

My third eye chakra is strong, but sometimes too strong. I need to work on grounding it down, and balancing it through meditation.

This chakra is about manifesting your visions, it’s about shifting your intuition and wisdom into action to meet goals and achieve unlimited potential. Judith discusses the notion of vision in her book by asking the readers to think about the information they take in visually. If we are seeking to manifest a certain vision, what are we feeding ourselves visually? This has been great for me to reflect upon as I think about who and how much I look at social media or choose to focus/obsess upon.

I chose eagle pose (garudasana) to work on my third eye chakra. The foot that is connected to the earth needs to be firmly planted and rooted. The legs and the arms are intertwined with their opposite limb. The breath must be flowing consciously and freely to maintain balance. The hips are sinking back, but the arms and crown of the head are lifting up. There is both the sense of grounding down and lifting up. So much focus goes into staying balanced in this pose and when my focus is on my breath and body, it isn’t on whatever petty thing it was obsessing on before I came into my practice.

If I can breath while literally being all twisted up in this pose on my yoga mat, can I do the same thing when I am off my yoga mat?

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