Book Excerpt: CHAKRA ENERGY AND MINDFULNESS FOR SELF-HEALING: A Transformative Guide to Balancing the 7 Chakras Using Simple Effective Techniques to Boost your Energy Mindfully for Well-Being and a Joyful Life
Jane W. N.
DGFG Company (self-published), 2023
Link to Buy Book:
Suppose you want to start your transformative journey to well-being, to a continual awakening, being present in every moment, and having your energy balanced within. In that case, this book is for you.
It’s a powerful guide for those well-informed on chakra energy, mindfulness, and self-healing for well-being and for beginners.There are also over 40 simple practices you can use on the go to help you keep mindful and have your energy balanced, whether you are waiting in line or on a plane traveling.
In each chapter, you will find illustrations or step-by-step guides, and well-designed reflections to help you internalize more what you have read and what you can do with the information learned.
It uses practical, well-illustrated step-by-step simple, effective techniques such as guided mindfulness meditation for each chakra, best yoga practices to balance each chakra, breath work, and use of sound, among others.
The author’s personal experiences, and how she used the same tools, practices, and internal wisdom to self-heal and reflective journaling prompts are also included.
It’s a first of its kind that links well-being clearly with mindfulness and energy healing. It’s written in a simple yet professional style.
Jane W.N. is an accomplished professional leader, mentor, and author of books and articles on health, conservation, and sustainable development. She offers possible solutions to individuals and organizations interested in multiple topics, including wellness and well-being. Jane has over 20 years of experience working with many communities, groups, and individuals as well as internationally to influence change at community, organizational, and policy levels in many areas. These areas include climate change, health, and general developmental and well-being issues. She has an MBA in strategy development, a BA in literature and sociology, and a diploma in wellness and beauty, and wellness business. She has used the methodologies articulated in her first self-published book for self-healing and turning back to well-being after many years of unconscious co-dependence and living in the head. She testifies to their credibility but adds that it’s a lifelong practice.
Answering the Call: A Return to Well-Being
Well-being is our birthright—to have and enjoy for as long as we live on this planet. We are born deserving of well-being and everything else that is good. However, for many reasons, we often deny ourselves this well-being and find ourselves on the other end of good health. In my experience as a therapist, many clients express how tired they feel and out of sync, yet often I have to ask them to put away their phones during the treatment as they can’t resist answering calls and messages. I have come to understand that many physical discomforts and diseases are due to two things. One, a lack of mindfulness, or not being present in the moment with ourselves and what is in front of us; and two, a blockage or imbalance within our energy in our energy centers (chakras), which, when functioning properly, keep us vibrant, eager, excited, happy, joyful, peaceful and with a sense of well-being.
In this book, we will explore the many benefits of mindfulness and chakra energy flow and how to use them to live contented, fulfilled lives. You’ll discover how to get in touch with your energy and harness the power of mindfulness and chakra energy. You’ll learn about issues resulting from blocked or imbalanced energy and
overthinking, and you’ll find powerful, practical theories and exercises to unblock this energy to bring about balance. You’ll also discover how to bring all these theories and practices into your daily life.
Mastering Your Mind and Your Energy
Mindfulness can be elusive. I wasn’t aware of its true meaning until after I turned fifty years old. A traumatic event forced me to stop and savor life as it was happening. I am sure I have been present in many moments, but I didn’t fully acknowledge and appreciate it at the time because I wasn’t aware. Many of us live our whole lives and possibly transition to the next without ever being present—with ourselves or our true essence.
Mindfulness enables us to appreciate the “little” things in life that we so often take for granted. Take your breath, for example—how it moves in and out of your body and the muscles you use to breathe. A new day, the sun, and bathing in its glow. A bath or warm shower, water flowing over your skin. Your hand lathering your body with soap. Looking down at your toes and noticing how they feel and how they help you move. Your eyes and their color and the light shining through them. We take these and many other delights for granted because we are often on autopilot and living in our heads, constantly trying to put out nonexistent fires. Stopping, noticing, and savoring life as it is happening can change our experience of our world and ourselves
in an instant.
The only time you have is now, this moment. Even if you choose to live in the past by ruminating on or being grateful for past events, you are living those events in the now moment. And if you decide to live in the future, becoming anxious or excited about what’s next, you are living those future moments now, in this moment. I was big on ruminating about the past and worrying about the future. But is it ever worth our precious time? In my experience, only if these thoughts lead us back to focusing on the present moment in a stronger way that feels good in our bodies.
Living in the now moment acknowledges the mind and its thoughts, without letting them take control. And although managing the mind is probably the hardest thing for most people, it can be the most rewarding because it helps us enjoy what life is: the now moment, which changes moment after moment. But just as being present allows us to manage the mind, understanding that the body is made of energy in motion is critical. As Bob Proctor often said, “Everything is always moving, nothing rests.”
The seven chakras (first mentioned in the sacred Sanskrit text Vedas, which dates to 1500–1000 bc) are the body’s primary energy centers. They have been used for thousands of years to promote healing and well-being. Harnessing this energy and maintaining a balanced flow helps us feel vibrant, alive, and well.
Harnessing the Mind-Body-Energy Connection
Harnessing mindfulness and balancing our energy calms the mind and allows us to be present within our bodies, keeping disharmony and disease away. When we are not living in the present moment, our energy becomes imbalanced, and we get into a state of over- or under-activity. In other words, we allow more energy to flow than we can manage, or our energy flow is slow or blocked, sluggish or imbalanced. These
imbalances can cause disease, and we may not feel healthy—physically, emotionally, or mentally.
To understand this healing concept, it’s essential to realize that our energy is neutral—neither positive nor negative. It’s up to us to decide how our energy flows within us and how it feels. When we tap into this energy flow through our emotions, we can choose how we feel moment by moment. Too much flow or too little will
Positive energy helps us open up to the world and be receptive to what it has to offer. But when our energy is heavy and negative, we become more resistant and our bodies contract, blocking or causing an imbalance of the energy flow. In most cases, when this happens, we are not working within to harness our energy but with external situations (e.g., overthinking). That doesn’t mean feeling negative energy is bad. But if our energy stays focused on negative aspects for too long, it doesn’t flow well, gets blocked, and the body gets into trouble. You see, we are meant to flow from within and outward, not the other way round.
Think of a river; it always flows. It flows better, however, if the riverbed is free from unwanted dirt and debris. Have you ever seen stagnant water in a river? It looks dirty and congested, and even though the river does find a path around the debris, some water may remain trapped, and, over time, becomes stagnant.
I hope this analogy helps illustrate how energy flows and how it can get blocked. If energy is not intentionally balanced, a traumatic event or situation can cause it to flow rapidly, which can become a problem “downstream,” too. I was guided to these philosophies several years ago when my body was in disease, and I surrendered because nothing was working. I was anxious, fearful, worried, angry, resentful, codependent, and very negative. I lived in the past or the future, not the present. Experiencing these emotions, over and over, blocked my energy centers and caused great turmoil and trauma in my body and mind. I wasn’t living life in my true essence; I didn’t even know it existed because I never slowed down enough to feel my energy
and listen to my innermost thoughts.
Learning about mindfulness and using it for energy balancing and returning to well-being hasn’t only changed me significantly and made me more mindful but also continues to help me create a balanced, joyful, satisfying, and peaceful life. I experience energy flow in all its forms: Sometimes I get angry, sad, anxious, or even
resentful, and other times I experience love, peace, joy, confidence, sureness, and other positive energy manifestations. The difference is that I now know which energy flow makes me feel contracted and which makes me feel expansive. And I deliberately and mindfully manage the energy to feel expansive because I feel good in this flow state. Part of the process was sharing my experience with others. And that’s where my role as a therapist and this book comes in.
This book will help you understand the indicators of a good energy ecosystem. When your energy centers are blocked or out of balance you will know how to bring them back into balance using mindfulness. When your energy centers and energy system are in balance, you can experience well-being, some good indicators of which include feelings of abundance, centeredness, self-awareness, and self-worth.
Where your mind goes is where your energy is, so we’ll also explore how to be more intentional and focus your energy. The process includes realizing that although we often talk about my body, my mind, and my soul, we rarely stop to ask, “Who am I then, if I am not these aspects of me?” When we identify ourselves only as our minds and our external body image, we miss out on the beauty of our true essence and full potential. Hence, we’ll dive deeper into consciousness to help you live your best life. You’ll find journaling prompts and practices throughout the book to help you incorporate mindfulness/energy practices into your daily life. And in the penultimate chapter, there are forty fun and simple processes you can use anywhere to stay balanced, grounded, and in the moment.
Life is a lifelong learning journey, and I hope this book can help you along your life path. I encourage you to read the whole book to understand the principles and benefits of mindfulness and energy work. You’ll then be ready to create a daily well-being routine from the mindfulness practices in chapter 2 and energy healing exercises in chapter 4. You may also want to choose one or two processes at a time from chapter 7 to invite even more well-being into your life. Used regularly and intentionally, these practices can transform you.
A wise woman once said, “Words don’t teach, and they can be cheap . . . how you feel is the real deal.” We can only discern how we feel by being mindful and listening to the energy within us. When we go to a doctor, the doctor asks us how we feel. They don’t know intuitively. We describe our symptoms, and from there, the doctor determines what might be wrong with us. In other words, if you are mindful, your body will tell you precisely what is wrong with it and will guide you intuitively on how to correct the aspect that is off. The body knows itself best. If we get out of its way, it can return to well-being through its own healing. Of course, it is vital to acknowledge the role of modern medicine, but by being mindful and working with our energy, we can learn to direct our well-being.
We are all born eager for life. We come to the world to be happy, joyful, loving, and living life fully. However, through generational history, socialization, and things we pick up along the way, we can become hard-wired and contracted, worried, unsure, unstable, unloving, and guarded. We move away from our true north. But joy,
freedom, love, and well-being are our birthright, and I believe this book will help you rediscover them.
Enjoy, and welcome the unfolding of a whole new you! Well-being is yours to have.