Welcome back to the week, and welcome back to the blog!
We hope you all had a lovely weekend, too. Did it whizz by in a flash? Or did it seem to move at a more leisurely pace? Sometimes it depends on what’s going on – whether it’s in your control or not – and the two days we get can seem like more or less depending on circumstances.
If you’re like a lot of people you might find that your weekend goes at a different pace than you’d maybe like it to if you’re not in charge of how you spend your time. If, for example, there are a lot of demands on your time, or if someone else has arranged how the weekend will progress – even if it’s with something you enjoy – it can seem like there just isn’t enough time to get everything done.
Alternatively, if you are the one in charge of how your weekend will unfold, what the plans are, and how you are going to organize your time, well those weekends can seem long and relaxing. And again, even if they are busy go-go-go weekends, because you’re the one with the plan, you know how (mostly) everything is going to go.
It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? And there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the closer we get to the holiday season, the less time we seem to have. We’re almost in mid-November, and how many times have you been asked (so far) if you’ve started your Christmas shopping? Or if you’ve made plans for the holidays, made plans for New Year’s Eve?!
How do you respond when you hear that? How did you respond when you even read that? If you’re starting to feel that sense of dread any time anyone brings up the holidays, you’re not alone. Even though we know that plans have to be made, organizing has to be done, the very idea of holiday prep can strike, if not fear into our hearts, at the very least a sort of stress that can affect the way we function.
And how do we cope? We’ve talked a bit about self-care in the weeks and days leading up to the holiday season, and we do hope you can find some solace in those tips. And today we want to offer another strategy to add to your growing collection of self-care ideas. This is one we’ve highlighted in the past and one that you can find at your fingertips to provide just what you need in the form of self-care, at any time. Courtesy of Aveda, we would like to present Mr. Chakra once again, just in time for the approaching busy season.
Mr. Chakra is available from the official Aveda Canada site (aveda.ca) or more directly at misterchakra.com and can be your guide to regaining balance within your mind and body whenever you need it. We highly recommend bookmarking the site on your mobile device in order to keep it handy!
From Aveda.ca, a little bit about chakras and the chakra system:
“THE CHAKRA SYSTEM IS THE SYMBOLIC PRESENTATION OF ENERGIES WHICH EXIST IN THE BODY INFLUENCED BY THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND. YOGA AND MEDITATION HELP YOU AWAKEN THOSE ENERGIES FOR THE MOST BALANCED STATE OF THE BODY, MIND AND SOUL.”
—THE DRS. UPADHYAY, MAHARSHI BHARDWAJ CLINIC & RESEARCH CENTRE, INDIA, CONSULTANTS TO AVEDA SINCE 1976.
Using the model of Mr. Chakra – an illustration with each chakra highlighted on the specific area of the body it is located, the site is an interactive way to determine what your body, mind, and soul need, and the accompanying chakra balance that can help.
By clicking on “Take a Sensory Journey,” you will be presented with each chakra, represented as a card. Choose the one that “speaks” to you, or resonates with you right at this moment. There is no wrong answer! You might respond to the colour or the symbol, or to something else entirely. Trust your intuition.
For each chakra, there will be a description, an overview of what it represents, and from there you can download a meditation and a mantra, learn a breathing ritual and discover what foods can best stimulate and vitalize that chakra.
There is a lot to be said for taking this time to get to be more in tune with what your body needs at any given moment. And if you can stop for a few minutes and reap the benefits of this practice, you’re likely to be more productive and better be able to deal with any stressors that come your way.
So try it out! Choose a chakra card via Mr. Chakra and see what speaks to you today. Try out a meditation (easily downloaded to your phone or tablet) and see if that’s something you’d like to incorporate into your day to day routine.
You can also visit Willow to check out the chakra balancing body sprays that are available from Aveda. These are formulated for each of the chakras and their aromas can help you regain that balance you need.