Chakra Journey Contest

Chakra Journey chakra journey contest

A chakra represents a focus of energy in the body.  All together, there are seven chakras located from the bottom of your tailbone to the crown of your head.  I am participating in a photography contest where I get to display how I balance each chakra.

The first is the root chakra which is located at the base of the spine. Last week I entered a photo of myself, meditating on the ground.  The photo represented my root chakra connecting to the earth. I pictured my root connecting with the roots of the tree behind me. I chose to do a black and white photo with only the red that I was wearing displayed in color because red is a representation of the root chakra.

This week we are moving on to the sacral chakra which helps awaken sensual desire. I chose to do my photograph as a silhouette this week with only the sunset in the background.  Sunsets have a variety of colors but what stood out to me the most was the orange color. Orange is the color which represents the sacral chakra. I am also in pigeon pose which is a yoga pose that helps balance your sacral chakra.

Each week I have a chance to win a prize thanks to http://www.auracacia.com. The prize consists of an Aura Cacia Organic Chakra Roll-On for the chakra of the week, a selection of Aura Cacia essential oils and a recipe card to make the featured chakra balancing recipe of the week at home, a Chakra Journey t-shirt, a chakra candle for the chakra of the week, a yoga mat, and a surprise gift based on the blog theme of the week.  However, my MAIN goal is to win the Grand prize!! The grand prize includes a weekend retreat for two to the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, including travel and accommodations for two, a full set of seven Aura Cacia Organic Chakra Roll-Ons, and two Chakra Journey t-shirts. I appreciate everyone that has voted for me so far! I am so excited to have a challenge that combines my love of photography and yoga 🙂 Please continue to vote for me!! And enjoy my photos along this journey! I will be adding a picture each week for 5 more weeks! Namaste.

 

8/7/14

Update!! Here are all seven photos representing how I balanced each chakra. I did win the second week of the contest! Thank you to everyone who showed love, support and voted!! I truly am grateful and have had so much fun along this 7 week project. I am hoping to win that grand prize and it is VERY possible 🙂 Thank you, thank you!! Namaste.

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Thankful!

So for my first blog ever, It feels right to write about some of the things I am thankful for.  My life has changed dramatically in the past year. After hitting my lowest low, I was forced into a situation that allowed me to really see how many things I have to be grateful for. Shortly after, learning how to put my focus into those things, rather than complain about what I do not have. Since I began writing down and thinking throughout the day about what I was thankful for, life has been pretty magical. I’ve learned that when we focus on the good things in our life, we allow more good things to come to us, Same works the other way around…so by consciously focusing on the good in my life, it just continues to get better and better.

With that being said, this does not mean that everything just goes perfect for me all of the time. I still have my challenges, stressful situations, etc. like everyone else. But the way that I choose to react to these situations is completely different than I would have in the past.  Through meditation, mindfulness, learning to live in “the now”, yoga..all of these things have made it way easier to react differently than the old me would have. I am learning to trust in the flow of life and not try to fight it. I trust that all things happen for a reason and that a lot of those things happen because we create them with our own mind. I am learning that I have subconscious thoughts that have become “normal” for me to think, mostly about money. And that is where I continue to face struggles. Since I now am aware of my challenge, I am able to work on my thoughts about money.

So back to being thankful 🙂 I recently got into a car accident (first one ever)…My car is totaled 😦 however this experience has humbled me greatly. From the moment my car was hit, my first thoughts were “I know there is a reason for this.” I’m still not completely sure what that reason is yet, but I still trust and believe there is one, if not more. Obviously I wasn’t jumping up for joy that I was in an accident, but the things that I have to be thankful for came flooding to me. I am thankful for being alone in my car that day. I am thankful that no one was injured. I am thankful for the timing because had it been two seconds earlier I would have been t-boned by a Dodge Durango going pretty damn fast. I am thankful for having insurance and a legit license. I am thankful for my wonderful boyfriend being there for me. I am thankful for the fact that now I get to shop for a new car, considering that mine had over 200,000 miles on it already. But most importantly I am so very thankful to be alive! I walked out of that car with no scratches, bumps or bruises. I know the situation could have been so much worse and I thank God that it wasn’t.

So if anybody reads this, just remember even when things seem to be the very worst, when it’s raining and storming, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. Whether it’s the air your breathing, the home you live in, the car your driving, the family that loves you, the pet that needs you, whatever makes you feel good! Focus on those things. There is a plan for all of us. Pay attention to that voice in your head that is always rambling on, Take control of your mind. Your mind is just like any muscle on your body, you need to exercise it in order for you to use it to it’s complete magnitude. A good practice is gratitude and it’s something that you can do all day long. Namaste.