Balancing Your Chakras With Crystals  

“Balance” is a word I never used to have in my vocabulary.  Until last year, I didn’t actually understand what a well-rounded, balanced life meant.  In a society that is always “on the go,” self-care can be put on the back burner.  As many of us do, I have fallen into the habit of putting all of my energy into one area of my life, neglecting others- leaving me irritable, anxious, and even sick.

Learning about the seven chakras has been incredibly helpful for me to understand which part of my life is unbalanced.  Chakras are the energy wheels along your spine, each representing an important area of your mind, body, and spirit.  When one or more of these energy centers are blocked, it can cause illness, impairing us both physically and emotionally.  

I’ve been learning more about crystals and their healing properties as well.  Yesterday I took a trip to a healing arts store filled with crystals, cards, candles, and much more.  We studied the benefits of the gemstones and let our intuition guide us through the store, leading us to what we “needed.”  I realized I didn’t have stones to represent two very important chakras- the root and the throat.  After I got home, I laid out all of my crystals and began to read more about how each stone can aid my own healing, energy, and balance.


Root

The root chakra is your foundation- it represents safety, grounding, and life.

Stones for your root chakra include Red Jasper (shown above), Smoky Quartz, Garnet, and Black Onyx.

Sacral

The sacral chakra is the emotional energy field.  It represents creativity, sexuality, and pleasure.

Stones for your sacral chakra include Sunstone (shown above), Tiger Eye, Amber, and Goldstone.

Solar

The solar plexus chakra is the center of confidence and self esteem.  A balance solar chakra represents control, integrity, and self-will. 

Stones for your solar chakra include Picture Jasper (shown above), Pyrite, Citrine, and Yellow Jasper.

Heart

The heart chakra is your ability to love.  It opens up feelings of kindness, compassion, and self-acceptance.

Stones for your heart chakra include Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Jade (all shown above), and Emerald.

Throat

The throat chakra represents communication.  It opens up the ability to speak your truth and connect through words.

Stones for your throat chakra include Unakite (shown above), Angelite, Sodalite, and Aquamarine.

Third Eye

The third eye chakra is the center of your intuition.  When this chakra is open, it guides your perception and brings synchronicities, helping us tap into our emotional intelligence, truth, and wisdom.

Stones for your third eye chakra include Iolite, Opalite (both shown above), Lapis Lazuli, and Fluorite.

Crown

The crown chakra is the connection to your higher self and the Divine.  This is the chakra of enlightenment, awareness, and spirituality.

Stones for your crown chakra include Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Moonstone (all shown above), and Blue Lace Agate.


Each of these stones are powerful tools to assist you in your meditation practice, as well as using in your home, wearing as jewelry, or simply keeping in your pocket to help you through the day.  I often sleep with my Clear Quartz under my pillow- it is the Master Healer of all stones and represents all seven chakras!

What crystals do you use for healing and balancing your chakras?

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Lessons I Would Teach My Younger Self

You never know where life will take you. 

Recently I have had the opportunity to begin working with children.  Not only has it been a joy, it has already taught me so much about myself.   It’s an experience that came at the perfect time; just as I have been reflecting on my own childhood and the path it lead me on, I thought of some lessons I wish I learned earlier in life.  

Instead of dwelling on the doubts I had about myself and the mistakes I made, now I realize everything happened in divine and perfect order.   I am grateful for each job, each city, each heartbreak, each failure.  Today, I have the opportunity to turn my experiences into lessons to share.  

Keep shining.  When people try to bring you down, don’t stop doing what you’re doing. Don’t doubt yourself. 

You won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.  That’s fine- you wouldn’t want to be. 

Mean people aren’t happy.  Don’t worry about them- they’re only trying to steal your joy.

Being feminine isn’t a weakness.  Exude your own power with grace.

You don’t have to be an academic to be intelligent.  There is no measure of “smart;” we all have our own unique talents. 

Degrees do not equate to wisdom.  Anyone can study and take tests, but not everyone is wise.

When doors close, it’s the universe telling you it wasn’t meant to be.  Stop trying to open it back up. 

New York City is wonderful until you realize you’re an empath (and not very healthy for you).  Enjoy it while you can.  Eventually you’ll crave peace and quiet.

Wherever you go, there you are.  You need to fix your insides before anything on the outside will make you happy.

Boys who are broken can not be fixed by you.   Even if you finally feel whole, they need to feel whole on their own.

Don’t choose a career based on money.  Follow your heart and the money will come.

Your path is your own- life is not a race, and there are no boxes to check off.  Do you.

Don’t worry about tomorrow.  Today is what matters.

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Nurture It and It Will Grow

Last February I bought a plant for my desk at work.  I’ve never been known to have a green thumb, but as I passed the flower shop in the lobby of my office building I was drawn to a Peace Lily

She sat on my desk and brightened my stressful, cold winter days.  After long weekends I would return to work to find my little plant lonely, wilted, and sad.  Feeling discouraged, I would give her water hoping she would perk back up.

Sure enough, she did.

My plant has been a valuable lesson for me to remember that we need to nurture in order for things to grow.  This is includes our work, our friendships, our creative projects, and most importantly: ourselves.

It’s easy to get discouraged when things don’t happen fast enough or when something doesn’t grow as quickly as we expect.  My Peace Lily has been proof that when I pay attention to something every day and nurture it, it will continue to live and grow.  It may have shed some leaves that were unhealthy, but it’s still alive and blossoming- just like us. 

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