• Meditations,  Sound work

    Have a hard time meditating? Try Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Alternate Nostril Breathing is a simple, yet powerful, technique for centering and grounding yourself. You breathe in one nostril and breathe out the other 10 times and then switch nostrils. This is the hand position you use. The index and middle fingers are placed on your forehead, between your eyebrows – a location that is called your ‘third eye’. Your ring and pinky finger press one nostril, and your thumb alternately presses the other. There are variations of alternate nostril breathing that you can find in books and on the internet. I am only going to present the one that I was taught and that I use. Sit in a…

  • Sound work

    You find what you look for – getting past the root chakra

    Please watch this video before reading the rest of this post. Do you often wonder what someone else’s ‘angle’ is, finding it difficult during a conversation to take things at face value? Or maybe you just feel lonely, not liked by many people. Perhaps there was some past trauma that has left you hypervigilant and unable to move forward. How often do we ‘look’ for things and ultimately find them? What is the likelihood of seeing something that we are not looking for? I have worked with many people that count their personal slights; they look at and report on the number of times they have been ‘betrayed’. Often times,…

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    Stages of Change and the Chakras

    The Stages of Change is a ‘transtheoretical model of behavior change’ that discusses the steps a person goes through before making a change. There are 5 stages in this model: 1) precontemplation 2) contemplation 3) action 4) maintenance 5) relapse. Precontemplation Have you ever told someone they need to ‘do something’ about a particular behavior and they look at you like you’re nuts? They are in the precontemplation phase. They do not see this behavior/issue/situation as a problem. This could be addictive behavior such as smoking or drinking; or it could be whether or not eating GMO food or watching TV is something to be concerned about. A person in…

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    Blood, Sweat & Tears and the Chakras

    Just being playful, really, I don’t really know if this band or the lyricist was thinking about chakras when they wrote this, but in listening to the lyrics I found it to be a fun association and a way of beginning a discussion about chakras. The word ‘chakra’ is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’ or ‘spinning’.  There are varying levels of energy vortices within our bodies that supply us with vitality.  C.W. Leadbeater wrote about chakras in the early 1900’s, and he stated that the physical body needs 3 things to be alive:  1) food 2) air and 3 ) vitality – energy that comes from Universal Life Force, or prana. The…

  • Sound work

    chakras and sound healing

    The Chakras The chakras are represented by the seven colors of the rainbow: red – orange – yellow – green – blue – indigo – violet.  As one goes up the ‘shushumna’ through the chakras, there is an increasing energy level, an increasing vibration just as the colors of the rainbow increase in their vibration as they move from red to violet. Categorizing the above colors and sounds into 7 elements is essentially creating artificial boundaries and limiting what is really an infinitely vast spectrum of light and sound.  It is a simplified way of conceptualizing the energy work that is being done and it is intended to help develop…

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    Using toning for meditation

    Imagine you start your vacation after a long extended time working very hard. It’s your first day on vacation and you finally get to the hotel, you plop yourself down on the bed and say….’aaaah’. Often we treasure our vacation times and resign ourselves to not experience that level of relaxation except on those few and far between, times off. What if, though, you could get to that state of relaxation by saying the word ‘aaaaah’? This is toning. Toning is the conscious pronunciation of extended vowel sounds that can have impact in other parts of the body. It is not chanting nor singing. If you sit yourself down, comfortably,…