Affirmations are an often overlooked form of setting intentions and nurturing ourselves. They are words, phrases, or statements that can be repeated in order to affect our subconscious mind. When we repeat things often enough, they become part of our identity and have the power to transform our mentality. This is why it’s so important that we project positive energies and vibrations. Affirmations are here to motivate us. To keep us in a healthy mental space, love ourselves and stay focused and positive.
Our Chakras function the best when they are activated and aligned. This can be done through conscious actions and affirmations. It can also be achieved through yoga, meditation and mantra chanting, taken from traditional Indian Chakra aligning practices. Chakras are experienced and felt in our physical bodies, and their energies allow us to stay grounded and truly connected to our bodies and our souls. Our chakras take in energy from our intentions, behaviour and immediate surroundings. It’s vital that we are continuously self aware and conscious of all that we do, think and feel in order to develop our chakras and keep them balanced.
Location: At the base of your spine
Symptoms of a blocked Root Chakra: Fear. Anxiousness. Feeling of not belonging anywhere.
Symptoms of an overactive Root Chakra: Aggression & greed. Overly practical. Unable to let go and resistant to change. Materialistic.
AFFIRMATIONS… ‘I love my body’. ‘I am grateful’. ‘My body is mine’. ‘I have a right to be here’. ‘I was incarnated for a reason’. ‘I trust life’. ‘I am in control’. ‘I am centred’. ‘I am grounded’. ‘I can take care of myself’. ‘I am courageous’. ‘I am supported’. ‘I am safe and secure’. ‘The universe will guide me to where I am meant to be’.
EXERCISES TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA… Meditation (imagine your legs are tree trunks and your toes are roots connecting to and locking in with the Earth). Yoga and stretches. Walking barefoot. Being outside and amongst natural surroundings. Cleaning your personal and immediate surroundings/spaces. Be conscious of your posture- shoulders back, spine straight. Eat food that is rich in protein. Journaling subjects– Your physical body. Your health. Your sense of safety. Where you most feel at home.
Location: Your abdomen and genitals, below your navel
Symptoms of a blocked Sacral Chakra: Fear of intimacy. Low creativity. Holding yourself back. Boredom. Fear of change. Addictive behaviour. Non-sexual.
Symptoms of an overactive Sacral Chakra: Fixated on sex. Manipulation. Hyper-emotional. Guilt. Self indulgent. Problems with attachment.
AFFIRMATIONS… ‘I am balanced’. ‘I am alive’. ‘I am connected’. ‘I respect my body’. ‘I am allowed to enjoy and explore my sexuality’. ‘I deserve a beautiful life’. ‘I am radiant’. ‘I am confident’. ‘I embrace pleasure, abundantly’. ‘I am a creative being’. ‘I honour myself’.
EXERCISES TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA… Drinking water. Positive affirmations. Self care practices. Journaling to help refrain from getting lost in emotions. Listening to music. Give in to change. Nurture yourself. Embrace your sensuality and sexuality, keeping your desires balanced. Journaling subjects– Your emotions. Your desires. Your sexuality.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Location: Solar plexus, below the chest
Symptoms of a blocked Solar Plexus Chakra: Overly passive. Aimless. Poor digestion. Victim complex. Insecurity. Low self-esteem.
Symptoms of an overactive Solar Plexus Chakra: Dominance. Stubborn. Arrogant. Controlling. Heartburn.
AFFIRMATIONS… ‘I value myself’. ‘I am powerful’. ‘I am a beam of light’. ‘I am strong’. ‘I choose health and healing for my happiness’. ‘I am at peace with myself and the universe’. ‘I have a purpose’, ‘I won’t let pain fill me with hatred’. ‘I am worthy’. ‘I won’t limit myself’.
EXERCISES TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA… Exercise. Creative releases e.g. art, music, dancing, journaling. Create to-do lists, labelling the things you have to do and the things you choose to do. Use lists to encourage self discipline. Create purpose in everything, e.g; ‘I’m doing my laundry, because being and feeling clean is good for me and makes me happy.’ Be confident and assertive in your decision making. Journaling subjects– Your purpose in life. What makes you feel powerful? How can you push yourself more? Your dreams. What makes you happy?
Location: Your Heart, your Lungs and your Chest
Symptoms of a blocked Heart Chakra: Uncaring. Grief. Loneliness. Lack of compassion. No sense of connection to the divine.
Symptoms of an overactive Heart Chakra: Inefficient setting of personal boundaries. Co-dependency. Loving too much. Unhealthy relationships.
AFFIRMATIONS… ‘I accept myself as I am, completely’. ‘I am passionate’. ‘I am empathetic’. ‘The universe supports me’. ‘I am all I need’. ‘I will forgive myself and others’. ‘I am healing emotionally’. ‘I am worthy of love’. ‘I allow love to guide my actions’. ‘I am eternally loved’.
EXERCISES TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA… Be forgiving towards yourself and accept that it’s okay and human to make mistakes. Practice saying ‘I messed up, and that’s okay. I can, and I will make things right’. Be forgiving towards others and embrace the deep feeling of peace that comes along with forgiveness. Be generous where you can be. Journaling subjects– Your first love. How do you love others? What you desire from a relationship. How can you love yourself more?
Location: The centre of your neck and shoulders
Symptoms of a blocked Throat Chakra: Defensiveness. Lies. Being misunderstood and secretive. Poor self expression. Stuttering.
Symptoms of an overactive Throat Chakra: Gossiping. Unnecessary loudness. Excessive talking. Poor listening. Opinionated and overly critical. Deceptiveness. Manipulation.
AFFIRMATIONS… ‘I speak my truth’. ‘I am free in my expression’. ‘I stand up for myself and others when necessary’. ‘I own my power’. ‘I speak with joy, praise and positivity in my heart’. ‘I think before I speak’. ‘I am honest’. ‘I am trusting’. ‘I am guided by my deepest purpose’. ‘I can say no when necessary’.
EXERCISES TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA… Meditation. Journaling your thoughts. Writing down your negative thoughts and discarding/burning them. Focus more on being a better listener. Be clear and concise in your communication. Own your truth and refrain from intentionally spreading misinformation. Be conscious of your tone of voice. Journaling subjects– Your creative outlets. Things that you don’t yet feel ready to say to someone. Things that you can no longer say to someone. What are the easiest ways for you to communicate your feelings to others. What’s your preferred way of self expression?
THIRD EYE CHAKRA
Location: On your forehead, between your eyebrows.
Symptoms of a blocked Third Eye Chakra: Poor judgement. Failure to see beyond the physical and tangible. Bad focus and imagination. Poor concentration. Overly reliant on logic and intellect.
Symptoms of an overactive Third Eye Chakra: Nightmares. Obsession. Disillusion. Misuse of intuition.
AFFIRMATIONS… ‘I am guided by wisdom’. ‘I follow my intuition’, ‘I live in the present’. ‘I am connected to the divine’. ‘I can solve my problems’. ‘I am guided and protected’. ‘I look towards the bigger picture’. ‘I create my own reality’. ‘My vision inspires others’.
EXERCISES TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA… Practicing mindfulness. Self-reflection. Journaling subjects– Record your dreams in writing in order to remember them and identify patterns. What do you daydream about. What do you want out of life. Do you have psychic abilities of intuitive moments? How can you accomplish your dreams?
Location: At the top of your head
Symptoms of a blocked Crown Chakra: Weak faith. Ungrounded. Indecisive. Confusion and melancholic thoughts. Diziness.
Symptoms of an overactive Crown Chakra: Judgemental. Disregard for spirituality. Sense of grandiosity. A sense of meaninglessness.
AFFIRMATIONS… ‘I am peace’. ‘I won’t limit my beliefs’. ‘I am open to greatness’. ‘I accept myself completely’. ‘I follow the guidance of my soul’. ‘My potential is infinite’. ‘I am focused’. ‘I am infinite’. ‘I am complete’. ‘I am serene’. ‘I am divine’.
EXERCISES TO BALANCE THIS CHAKRA… Read and educate yourself on unfamiliar subjects. Journaling subjects– What are your spiritual or religious beliefs? What makes you unique? What makes you feel connected?