For a spiritual vacation at a serene destination of your choice, you must ensure that nothing stops you from coming back healed. Here are a few pointers to help you get the maximum out of your spiritual retreat:
1. Ban mobile phones You are at a spiritual retreat because you want to disconnect with the outer world and connect with your inner world. So you must banish your mobile phone. Check SMSes once in a while so that in case of urgency people are able to reach you. But avoid taking or making calls.
2. Take a break from work Do not agree to reply to mails, attend conference calls or video conferences. Make it clear at your work place that you are unreachable for the duration of your leave.
3. Avoid the company of people you are having conflicts with If you and your spouse are going through a tough phase, do not take this vacation with him or her. Going alone will help you strike peace with yourself, analyse the cause of the conflict at length and enable you to come back with effective solutions for solving the conflict.
4. Soak in the beauty of nature No medicine can match the healing power of nature. So allow your senses to arrest the tranquil beauty that your surroundings have on offer.
5. Break all rules Do not try to do things by the book. Instead, listen to your heart's whispers. If your heart itches to go for a walk early in the morning instead of doing Yoga, go for it. Indulge in yoga after that. As long as you do the right things right, when you do them and where you do them can be ignored.
Chakras can fill our lives with happiness or create a void full of emptiness and pain, depending on how we tune them and how balanced they are. But before we get into the nuances of chakra healing, let us understand what charkas are and how they influence our lives.
About Chakras The word 'chakra' is derived from a Sanskrit word literally meaning 'wheel'. In the spiritual arena, a chakra signifies a spinning wheel of energy that starts at the base of the spine and goes up through the head on the ‘kundilini’, located close to your spinal column. Almost all religions believe in the spiritual and energy power that chakras emanate.
The Seven Chakra Points, Meridians And Their Role There are seven primary or main chakra points with about a hundred smaller secondary chakras. These smaller points called meridians are used in acupuncture for tuning into the Chi (life) flow. The secondary chakra points are influenced with action and physicality while the seven primary chakras deal with emotions and spirituality. The primary chakras influence your health immensely. Most of the health issues are caused by an imbalance in the chakras. This imbalance is caused due to an emotional or spiritual cause, which then results in physical sickness. Thus it is important to develop a spiritual routine, not to collect any emotional garbage, and not give into the temptations of modern life. Staying up late in the night and indulging in artificial food, indulging in arguments, lying, cheating and stealing are some of the habits one must avoid.
Balanced Chakras Lead To Happiness And Health Each of the chakras strongly connect with a specific body part, specific emotions, mental, and spiritual concerns. And each chakra has a different frequency of vibration, symbol, color, and sound that it is attuned to. When the chakra is balanced, clear, and energized it will emit universal love and the positive energy of life and knowledge.
Unbalanced And Blocked Chakras Lead To Illnesses When your chakras are not vibrating properly or are blocked, your Chi, the life force, and the spiritual connection, both slow down. In such a situation, you may feel depressed, unenthusiastic, and tired. You may get angry without adequate reason, be afraid, not feel confident, think unclearly, be unhappy without a cause and develop a negative outlook in life. All of these point towards a problem that is chakra based.
Balance Chakras And Attain Happiness The imbalance in chakras can be caused by the sounds of voices, drums, music, chants, mantras, the emitted energy of colors, and of course gemstones. These very entities can help in curing the imbalance. All colors and sounds are vibrations and using the sounds and colors of the chakras assist them in becoming aligned and balanced. The colors of the chakras are that of the rainbow; starting at the root chakra with black/red, orange, yellow, green/pink, light blue, indigo, and violet/white for the seventh chakra.
When we find ourselves entangled in the middle of demanding people and relationships, we often turn inwards and question the first thing we base most of our lives on -- our ideals. Isn’t it funny how things on the outside drive us to look inwards? Most of the times, we pursue things without taking a good, hard look at them. We fail to evaluate the ways in which they could affect us. Especially in times of in conflict, analyse things keeping in mind the ideals you’d previously set for yourself. This will put forth a much clearer perspective in terms of whether the conflict you’re about to engage yourself in is really worth it or not! And whether the place that it will lead you to is really the place you want to be at.
The underlying idea of the ephemeral nature of our ideals can be explained really simply using a rather literal analogy. Remember the time in college when you finally ran out of clean t-shirts? The only thing left to do then was to choose the less ‘smelly’ one out of the ones that were used. At the time, you managed with whatever there was. But if given the chance, you’d never like to be in the same place again, wearing smelly clothes day after day.
What this implies is that human standards generally get lowered when faced with necessity. And more than half of the times that this happens, we fail to notice it! We assume that certain things are a must and run after them, forgetting everything else we’d previously decided for ourselves. Often, the pleasure that we seek is largely temporary and tends to dissipate within a short period of time.
The primary thing to do is to realise that our ideals are very relative and tend to shift easily. We compromise on them and later regret our decisions. Learn to question yourself about the decisions you take. In how many ways would they affect you? Where will you be once you go through with your decision? Is all this where you’d ideally like to be? If not, then don’t go through with it.
Question and re-question yourself and your actions and compare them to your ‘ideal’ world. Likewise, any decisions that prevent you from reaching there shouldn’t be opted for. It is undoubtedly the best and the fastest path of getting to where you really want to be!
What you are inside always reflects outside. Chaos in your inside is bound to surface on your face and in your behavior which is constantly being observed by people at your workplace who form opinions about your competence, character, and commitment. But how you want them to perceive you may be different from how they actually perceive you. So how do improve this perception?
Study of the lives of successful men and women point at two important characteristics, common to most of them: 1) An abundance of energy, a spark that never dies, an urge to do more, specifically in the domain in which they have achieved success, and 2) A greater-than-usual degree of awareness
We provide you with tips and tricks for garnering these two characteristics. Here are a few practices that will help you in the endeavor:
1. Still your mind through meditation It is believed that stillness of the mind or meditation can recharge minds fatigued by thinking about ways to win the consumer. So slow down the thinking speed of your mind, focus on any one object and let your brain blank out for a while. Meditate. When you return to the world, you will feel more empowered and ready to face professional challenges.
2. Exercise regularly Exercising regularly and sincerely with deep attention is essential. Physical exercise will not only help to keep the body fit, but will also enliven the mind. This enlivened mind concentrates better and this liveliness reflects in your gestures, postures and even the way you look.
3. The deep breathing trick Deep breathing is an easy stress reliever that has numerous benefits for the body, including oxygenating the blood, which ‘wakes up’ the brain, relaxes the muscles and silences the conflicting mind. Take off your shoes and preferably lie down and breathe. While you breathe try to concentrate on nothing by utilizing controlled breathing as the center of focus. Take long, slow breaths, and listen to the sound of inhaling and exhaling. During the inhalation phase, first pull your abdomen out and next expand you chest. Try to think of nothing but the act of breathing. You will be amazed at how much our minds are addicted to wanderlust and how much they resist being tamed. Indulge in deep breathing exercises several times a day. Repeat this exercise six or twelve times in succession in a day. You will feel your mind getting de-stressed and a smile automatically gliding on to your face.
4. Relax your mind and body so that you don’t act impulsive at work Most problems happen when one becomes impulsive and thus looses focus. For instance, if you are doing a particular work and someone calls on you or comes up to you for a different task, do not jump at the new project immediately. Slow down. Complete the work in hand first before you take up the new task. Your original plan for the day is more important. In fact, you should keep track of what you have planned for the day on a hourly basis. To help you keep your mind and body relaxed, indulge in progressive muscle relaxation. Along with each inhalation tighten one part of your body as much as you can. With each exhalation, relax that part of the body. Start with your toes and feet, then your legs, then trunk, then hands, then arms, then neck, and finally face. After relaxing the entire body as above, do it again. This will help you recognize and relax tight muscles.
5. Get a massage Sense of touch, which is widely neglected is closely linked to the mind and is vital to your sense of well being. It improves circulation, reduces muscle pain and spasms and eases tension. So get a friend or a professional to give you a massage as you let your mind concentrate on the sound of music.
6. Bask in the glory of music Concentrate on the beats of the music. Let your soul get lost in the pulsating rhythm. Choose any genre of music that helps you relax. Even after the music stops, keep lying in bed and bask in the silence for about 5-10 minutes. This will give music the time to really work on your mind, body and soul.
The idea is to bring your self back to the wisdom of the body--the inner intelligence of all living things that propels them toward fulfillment without struggle or compulsiveness. Indulge in these practices to feel unison in your body and mind. Feel enriched, empowered and energetic. This will automatically reflect in your poise, deeds and personality.
Spiritual growth is the process of inner awakening, and becoming conscious of our inner being. It means the rising of the consciousness beyond the ordinary existence, and awakening to some universal truths. It means going beyond the mind and the ego and realizing who you really are. Spiritual growth is not a means for escaping from responsibilities, behaving strangely and becoming an impractical person. It is a method of growing and becoming a stronger, happier and a more responsible person.
Acknowledge the fact that you are a spirit with a physical body, not a physical body with a spirit. If you can accept this idea, it will change your attitude towards many things in life.
Analyze your personality and mind, and try to find out what is it that makes you feel conscious and alive.
Be in control of what enters your mind. Open the door for the positive and close it for the negative.
Develop the happiness habit, by always looking at the brighter side of life and endeavoring to be happy. Happiness comes from within. Do not let outer circumstances decide your happiness.
Exercise your will power and decision making ability. This strengthens you and gives you control over your mind.
Thank the universe for everything that you receive.
Develop tolerance, patience, tact and consideration for others in your life.
Read a lot of spiritually uplifting books. Think about what you read, and incorporate this information in changing the path of your life.
Meditate for at least 15 minutes every day. If you do not know how to meditate, refer to books or websites or consult a teacher who can teach you how to meditate.
Learn to calm your mind through concentration exercises and meditation.