The Sacral Chakra

The second chakra is the Sacral Chakra. It means the “place of the self”. This chakra is home to your creative energy and sensuality, and is considered your source for enjoying life and all it has to offer! Water is considered a source of energy for this chakra.

Orange is the color that represents the Sacral Chakra. It is located right below your belly button.¬†Consider this your “seat” for creative power, whether that be coming up with ideas that can be solutions to problems, creating actual objects such as works of art or decoration, or having a creative idea that can further your business or career. This is the center from where it originates. Pay special attention to this area the next time you need to “brainstorm” some ideas!

The other main role for this chakra is learning to take PLEASURE in life! This can be from an intimate relationship with your spouse or partner, good food, in being creative, or just appreciating the experiences we get to have here on earth. We are here for a purpose, and part of that is to ENJOY. ūüėä

When this chakra is overactive, it results in things like addiction and gluttony. Pleasure is a GOOD thing, we are SUPPOSED to experience it, and that shouldn’t make anyone feel guilty. However, if you are indulging in things or behaviors that are not healthy and life giving to you, then this may be unbalanced and out of whack. Symptoms of this can be addictions and obesity, and possibly even hormone imbalance and restlessness.

How do you balance an overactive chakra? Focus on drawing energy away from “pleasure” and focus it more on your “heart”. ¬†Take time to assess whether or not a particular activity or indulgence is benefitting you. Just asking yourself, “Is this action I’m about to take good for me? Is it healthy and will it benefit me?” can be enough to check and alter your choices.

A sluggish Sacral Chakra that isn’t allowing energy to flow very well can happen if you spend a lot of time focusing on very practical issues, and you don’t allow yourself to enjoy the fruits of your labor before moving on to the next task or responsibility. Certain personalities are more prone to this. Symptoms of this can be depression, and decreased sex drive, feeling uncreative and unmotivated, and just kind of blah.

How do you energize a sluggish Sacral? Easy! ENJOY LIFE!! Go do something creative, like paint a picture. Ever been to a paint and wine studio? Two birds with one stone! Spend time enjoying your relationships, especially the closest ones you have. Be intimate with your partner, have coffee with your closest friend, call your mom.

Here are some oily suggestions for this chakra. A lower back massage with Cardamon can awaken a sluggish Sacral. A massage with Ylang Ylang or Neroli can calm an overactive one. And Orange and Sandalwood are excellent for helping to maintain a balanced Sacral Chakra.

As always, we are looking for balance in our lives. Be sure to enjoy all the wonderful things life has to offer while you are here visiting earth, and keep tabs on yourself so that you are aware if you start to fall over into a little too much indulgence. Happy enjoying, friends!

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A Look at the Seven Chakras

Did you know your body is made of ENERGY? And so is the universe and everything that is in it?

I tend to geek out when I read about the seven energy chakras in the body. At first, I thought that perhaps they were a little “trendy” or somehow “new age”. I even questioned if they were maybe ungodly, or anti-Chrisitan. But the more I have studied and learned, the more convinced I am that this is an essential part of how we are designed. Whether you believe in creation or evolution or something else, you really can’t argue that we don’t just have a physical body. There is also a non-physical part to us. I believe it’s an integral part of every human, and that there is an ultimate design for it all to work together. It’s fascinating!!

The word chakra literally translates to “wheel”. It symbolizes the spinning, rotating energy that’s inside of us, and there are seven main centers for it. They start at the base of your spine and run right up it to the top of your head. It’s important for these centers to be aligned and in sync for your PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL health to be at their peak! When you are balanced, the chakras give the right amount of energy to the right place. When one, or more, are out of balance, they can be giving too much or too little, and your overall health may suffer.

For the next few weeks, we are going to look at the Seven Chakras-what each one is, how to tell if it’s balanced and functioning well, and suggestions for ways you can work on getting an unbalanced energy back into balance. Today, let’s look at the foundation of the chakras, the Root Chakra.

The Root Chakra is called Muladhara in the Sanskrit language. The translation of Muladhara is two part – Mula means “root” and Adhara means “base” or “support”. This 1st chakra is the foundation for all the others. If your foundation isn’t stable, what’s built on top of it will most likely have some issues. Muladhara is located at the base of your spine, where your tailbone is. The role of this chakra is to “ground” you to the earth. Another way to say it is that this chakra connects your body’s energy to the earth. It stabilizes you, provides you with security. The chakras are represented by the seven primary colors, and the Root is always represented by the color red

This chakra, when open and not blocked, flows energy that facilitates our everyday needs. These can be basic needs, like food, shelter, water, financial security and safety, and also emotional needs like feeling loved and free from fear.  For most of us, these are things that are necessary for survival.

When this chakra is BALANCED, you feel peaceful when you think of things like money or shelter or safety. You also feel very connected to being “human” and the experiences that go along with that in relationships.

This chakra gets a LOT of use in our day to day lives, so it’s easy for it to be overactive, which means a little too much energy flowing through it. An overactive Root Chakra feels like jitteriness and anxiety, or fear. Sometimes an overactive chakra will be shouting messages of survival to us when there isn’t really any danger or threat. This can show up physically as lower back pain, hip issues and ovarian cysts and prostate issues. We aren’t designed to be in a constant state of fear and anxiety.

So what can you do to tone down an overactive Root? First, it’s important to make sure your survival needs are met. Your Muladhara gives you the energy to do just that, so work with it to take care of those practical issues. Then you can turn to spiritual practices to help calm this chakra. Focusing on connecting spiritually through quiet times of prayer and meditation needs to be done daily. Make it a priority to keep your energy balanced and healthy. Finally, find some ways to volunteer, and spread kindness and compassion wherever you go. This helps to divert energy to some of the other chakras and bring your Root down to a more healthy level.¬†

Sometimes the energy in this chakra may be too low, not enough flowing through. This can happen when most of your needs have typically been easily met. When that’s the case, you may be prone to day dreaming, and people may describe you as “having your head in the clouds”. ¬†This isn’t necessarily a serious issue, but remember that being connected and balanced in our chakras is important, so dealing with a sluggish Root is just as important as dealing with an overactive one.

If you need some revving up in this energy, get reconnected! The earth is the source of energy for Muladhara, so reconnect with it. Get outside and enjoy nature! Go for a hike, dig in the dirt, or take a dip in the ocean.

Plants in various forms have been known to be extremely helpful in keeping energies balanced. Consider eating root vegetables to help harmonize your Muladhara. Essential oils have also been found to be extremely helpful in either getting energies back in balance, or offering support to energies that currently ARE in balance. Oils like Patchouli, Cedarwood and Vetiver can help calm an anxious, overactive energy. Nutmeg and Rosemary will help to stimulate a sluggish one. Use Bergamot and Frankincense to support a balanced chakra. Diffusing is a great option for using oils to help balance, but you can also use them in a foot massage, or apply them directly to your tail bone.

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Hike!

One of our favorite things to do is get out and enjoy the beauty that Colorado has to offer. In some places we have lived there have been limited choices on where to go. Colorado offers the opposite problem!

We decided we wanted a day hike not too far from home. That narrowed things down to a few thousand, so while trying to search for a specific hike we stumbled on to a fantastic tool – the AllTrails app.

AllTrails boasts “50,000+ trails. 8 million explorers. Endless memories.” The free version did the trick for us, but advanced features are available with an upgrade.¬†

We were quickly able to select a hike, get directions and get going! Once we hit the trailhead AllTrails kept us on track as we monitored our progress. With so many intersecting trails we could have wound up lost, but instead always knew exactly where we were going.

Along the way there were beautiful vistas, mountain flowers and wildlife. AllTrails let us chronicle our hike and even post pics that linked to exactly where we were on the trail. I we ever have a chance to meet the app’s developers we definitely owe them a beer. This is one great app!

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Living Water

Did you know that over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water? Your body is composed of 50 to 65% water – unless you are a newborn and then that number climbs to 78%. According to survivalist training, while you can survive 3 weeks without food, you won’t make it 3 days without water!

Water surrounds us, nourishes us and cleanses us. It is key to our health and our survival. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) we should drink water every day, but often don’t. In fact studies suggest that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and the effects can be devastating.

Mark Slemons is one of our favorite pod casters. While his typical focus is business leadership from a relational standpoint he took time to talk about how dehydration can effect the performance of your business team. Click on the image for a quick listen – 15 minutes!

Water is a key component of creation. A design element that gives life. We find it sad that not all of the world’s children have unfettered access to the clean water they so critically need. There are a myriad of organizations that are taking on this challenge, CharityWater being one mentioned by Mark in his pod. Click Here for a list of 5 others.

97% of the water on Earth is salt water. There are also billions of gallons of water vapor in the air at any given moment. Protecting both our air and oceans from pollution must be a priority for the health of our planet. The Ocean Clean Up is an organization doing incredibly creative work.

You can save yourself while saving the planet! Increase your water intake by cutting out obesity causing sugar drinks. Replace the harmful with what God designed to help you. Many times convenience is the greatest obstacle. For that reason we suggest investing in two items:


Yeti Rambler will keep your water COLD for hours and hours. I am never without mine! It is an easy way to get those 20 ounces in your body every morning per Mark’s recommendation! These Ramblers are BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and have a No Sweat Design to make sure your hands stay dry. DuraCoat is a durable coat of color that won’t fade, peel, or crack through extended field use and also provide additional grip to the Rambler’s exterior

 


LifeStraw should be in everyone’s “just in case” plans. Anywhere there’s water you have CLEAN water. Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites without chemicals, iodine or batteries. Durable, 23-ounce, leak-proof bottle made of BPA-free Tritan and features a food-grade silicone mouthpiece; replacement filters available separately

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Young Living Essential Oils

Jodi and I have a high regard for essential oils as part of our healthy living regime. I have to admit that initially Jodi did most of the research (and she leaves no stone unturned). I came late to the game, but now, as a daily user, I can assure you this ancient practice has naturally pure benefits for your body, mind and soul.

The use of essential oils can be traced at minimum to Ancient Egypt and was a core healing practice until the Middle Ages when the Church decided Herbalists were witches and persecuted them. Fortunately for us, the Church also determined that bathing was sinful! To overcome the resulting smell, aromatics  were commonly used. These essential oils often not only made company more pleasant, but also saved lives with their anti-bacterial and anti-pesticide properties. The use of essential oils came back strong in the Renaissance and regained their place in natural healing. They have remained there ever since.

Today you have many choices in regards to where you purchase your essential oils.  We have chosen to go with Young Living for several reasons.

Young Living’s¬†proprietary Seed to Seal¬ģ guarantee means that NOTHING is outsourced, and therefore the highest standards are¬†insured. ¬†All plants originate on organic farms from heirloom seeds that YL has cultivated, and they are planted in soil that is throughly researched to guarantee no health compromising pesticides/insecticides have ever been used. At maturity, the plants are consciously harvested and distilled on site in distilleries that use steam and cold pressing techniques. No gasses, chemicals, or questionable methods are ever used to extract the life giving oils from the plants. The oils are then bottled, NEVER with fillers or additives, and shipped, ready to come join you and your family! All YL farms are open to the public, and anyone can go take a tour and see the love, integrity, and care that is poured into this endeavor.

Young Living  has 13 worldwide offices overseeing 20 markets, 16 corporate-owned and partner farms, nearly 600 individual products, more than 3,000 employees, and over $1 billion in annual revenue. They currently support six different foundations around the world ranging from feeding children and providing education and much needed medical assistance to helping rescue girls and women from sex slavery. Young Living is an impressive organization indeed!

I can recommend no essential oil company more highly. The first step on your Young Living journey is to sign up as a member.  You have the choice of signing up with a retail account or becoming a distributor with all the accompanying member benefits (NO, you are not under any obligation to EVER order or SELL anything!),

Jodi & I would be delighted to answer any questions!       Click Here to Sign Up

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Finding our way back!

In ancient times, man lived closer to God and closer to Earth. In that harmony, all thrived. Tradition and wisdom guided man through life until the birth of science. At the beginning, science was simply the study of what God had created. The beauty of complexity hidden within simplicity. Unfortunately, as man has grown in understanding, he has also grown vain and thought to improve on Creation.

Today we find that science sometimes creates as many problems as it resolves. While no one can deny the convenience and effectiveness of modern technology, the old adage is true; just because we can doesn’t necessarily mean we should.

GMO based foods pose real, long-term health dangers, drugs synthesized in a laboratory have a laundry list of side effects and pollution continues to challenge the Earth’s ability to heal itself.

The pressure of constant connectivity means that going home from work doesn’t mean leaving the stress of work behind. Our brains, souls, and bodies aren’t getting the rest they are designed to have. And as man has turned his focus on himself, the peace that God offers seem more and more a myth.

Fortunately for us, there is hope. We don’t have to stay stuck. We don’t have to return to a time without technology. We simply have to make better choices in how we live our lives. That starts with educating ourselves.

The Pure Life Collective serves as your resource to do just that. We simply want to share our journey and hope that it helps yours. Enjoy!

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