Getting to the Heart of Chakras

Sometimes when the modern world leaves me feeling less than and a bit undone, I turn to the traditional world. Specifically, I turn to yoga, to Ayurvedic wisdom and ultimately, to myself. Believe you me, I am no expert in this ancient science. I am no expert in yoga. And certainly no expert at life. I turn to these things because they provide comfort... a safe place from the storm that sometimes stirs up inside of me. Maybe you can relate?

Balanced chakras, happy life. 

Balanced chakras, happy life. 

You see, since I lost my mom three springs ago now, I've become a bit more fragile, more prone to heartbreak and stress. But, I've also become more empathetic, more eager to help others and more intent on sending happiness and love to everyone I meet. At least that's my intention. 

"I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape." Charles Dickens

"I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape." Charles Dickens

In looking towards healing, not just from this recent hurt but more so from the buildup of sadness, stress and let downs on top of an already broken heart, my aim is to clear away the buildup and slowly uncover my strength bit by bit. I turn to yoga, faith and good mood foods... rich in vitamins and minerals that create feelings of happiness.

How did this become my "thing" you may be wondering. Well, it began when I lived in Greenville and a living social deal brought me to hot yoga, something I'd always wanted to try. I instantly fell in love with the movement... the way it made my body feel, the heat enveloping my skin, the release of built up toxins, not just chemical but emotional. Toxic thoughts being released with every twist, every breath, each vibrational om and drip of sweat. And soon began noticing the way it made my mind feel. I was no longer as anxious, riddled with worry over little things. I felt strong and confident. I no longer hated my body nor spoke cruelly about myself for not being good enough, not being thin enough, simply not being enough. I began to eat healthy foods not because I "had to," but because I loved myself. Finally. 

Luckily for me {and maybe for you too!}, Allison, the owner of that beautiful and humble yoga studio authored a book and I often go back and reread this entry when I need some comfort, love and guidance. I've bolded the lines that really speak to me: 

" You are loved. You are never alone. You can detach yourself from the daily dramas, you can let go of the perceptions that create whirl waves of discomfort in your life, you can hear the inner silence where I will whisper to you. You are not broken. I created you as whole. You are validated by me. You have a gift to share with this world, just like all my creations do. You are as important as the scent of the rose, the beauty of the sunset, the nourishment of the rain. Look no further to the outside world to bring you happiness, nor allow this world to steal your peace like a thief in the night. You no longer have to push so hard to prove yourself. Your fears are not necessary to have any longer. Find your security in me. You are my child and I think you are beautiful." ~Divinity

The root of balancing the heart chakra is in eating green --not red-- whole foods like kale, kiwi, spinach and delicious green smoothies.

The root of balancing the heart chakra is in eating green --not red-- whole foods like kale, kiwi, spinach and delicious green smoothies.

And now, I know from researching the heart chakra, that loading up on energy-filled green -- not red like one would typically think -- fresh, whole foods will set me on the right track to fixing a broken heart as the heart chakra is responsible for emotions. Think spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, green apples, kiwi, asparagus, lime and green tea. 

It's not crazy talk, chakras are actually backed by modern science. 

It's not crazy talk, chakras are actually backed by modern science. 

Now, you may be like thinking I'm losing it a bit by now with all this foo-foo ancient tradition healing stuff, but give me a chance. Researching further, I've found that green foods are indeed incredibly rich in mood-boosting B vitamins. Check it out:

B1 {thiamine}: Deficiencies in this vitamin can lead to decreased mental energy and depression.

B3 {niacin}: Studies have found these vitamins to reduce depression and anxiety.

B9 {folate}: Found in spinach, peas, broccoli and asparagus, these vitamins support a healthy nervous system.

Even Omega-3 fatty acids are found in green, leafy plants like spinach and they are well known for providing one of the most powerful and sustainable boosts to happy and healthy moods. 

Fill your heart with joy with this heart chakra balancing Green Bliss Smoothie. 

Fill your heart with joy with this heart chakra balancing Green Bliss Smoothie. 

As you can see, this line of thinking isn't so cuckoo after all. It actually makes a lot of sense and is supported by Western thinking and backed by scientific evidence as well. 

I always figure, it can't hurt to try something new. If it resonates with you, great. If not, well, at least you learned something. I'll be posting a recipe and a little bit of info on balancing the other 6 chakras in the body over the course of June. For more fun, head here to take a quiz on what chakras might be out of balance in your body. Comment back with your results! I'd love to hear! And click here for my delicious heart chakra balancing Green Bliss Smoothie so you can start your day with an open heart and tons of positive energy. Nom nom!