Meditation techniques offer a holistic approach to balancing everyday life. Whether you are driving, eating, talking or running errands, you are in a constant state of habitual movement and oftentimes mindlessness. Meditation gets you to be present instead of thinking about the past or the future.
”Those who practice meditation on a regular basis usually report an increased level of functioning in many aspects of their life, not just their thinking process. Increased physical health and well-being, greater productivity in their work, better concentration, increased creativity, and more personal satisfaction are some of the effects that have been reported.”
– Anodea Judith
Some techniques are listed below to obtain a meditative state.
- Nonspecific free flowing movement, either as a quiet flow (Authentic Movement) or rapid discharge (Rajneesh’s Chaotic Meditation)
- Regulating and watching one’s breath
- Gazing at an image, such as a flame, mandala, or symbol
- Observing the witness
- Following one’s thoughts
- Walking silently and mindfully
- Deep listening to sounds of nature or soft music
- Visualizing energy moving up and down the spine
- Guided Meditations, Visualization or trance journeys
- Simply relaxing and letting oneself be receptive to whatever comes through.
Balancing the Crown Chakra with Yoga Postures:
What postures make you feel grounded yet free, strong yet supple?
What postures assist you with connecting to your highest truth?
The seventh chakra is about merging with divine consciousness and realizing our true nature. Here we discover the mystery that can only be experienced, not explained. Postures like headstand, child’s pose and Rabbit where the practitioner is balancing on the head or making contact with the crown of the head on the floor stimulate this energy center. Tree Pose and seated meditation are great poses to integrate because they ask the student to focus and concentrate thus bringing awareness into the present moment.
Crystals shaded white or clear work to balance a deficient crown chakra as they invite a connection awareness and a higher source of power. They facilitate compassion, joy and gratitude while channeling the light and wisdom of our angels, guides and ancestors. Use the following stones if they call to you, to balance a deficient crown. If you are excessive in this chakra, choose stones associated with the root and the sacral as these energies will assist with grounding and softening tension or anxiousness.
- Clear Quartz
- Aura Quartz
- Spirit Quartz