Crown Chakra Stones

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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Crown Chakra

Amethyst:  Amethyst has a high frequency that is associated with protecting ones energy field, clearing chakras, and removing negative energy.  It is a crystal commonly called upon for helping one to move forward in life and into higher states of consciousness.

Selenite:  Selenite is associated with clearing ones mind and connection to higher guidance.  The subtle energy of Selenite is peaceful and is called upon to create deeper calm states.

Sugilite:  Sugilite is associated with spiritual growth, spiritual love and wisdom.  It is commonly called upon for protection from being mentally, emotionally and spiritually overpowered.


9 Ways to Balance 7 Chakras with Crystals, Gemstones, Minerals & Stones

Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for 7 Chakras:

  1. Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for Root Chakra
  2. Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for Sacral Chakra
  3. Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for Heart Chakra
  5. Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for Throat Chakra
  6. Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for Brow Chakra
  7. Crystals, Minerals & Stone choices for Crown Chakra

Integrate Chakra Lifestyle:  

Chanting sounds & symbols for each of the 7 Chakra Energy Centers

Music is a popular way for one to express sound for pleasure, healing and connection, and to share  meaningful messages that can be passed down through the ages.  Some early faith based tones had sound vibrations that have been used in sound healing.  Sound vibration for healing and transformation is in the traditions of many cultures and can range from songs, chants, instruments, tuning forks, brass singing bowls, crystal bowls and mantras.

One mantra or chant considered in some cultures to be the sound of creation is Om, pronounced “Aum or Um. ” It has been shared that this sound can be heard underneath all other sounds by some in the stillness of meditation.  Mono syllable seed sounds or “Bija Mantras,” such as Om have been experienced as creating balance and harmony in the human body, mind and soul.  This one is associated with the 6th chakra that represents one’s third eye.

The translation of chakra is “wheel,” or “center.”  It is generally recognized that there are seven subtle centers of refined energy in the human body.  Each of these centers resonate with a specific sound vibration.  These seven well-known centers are:

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1st –  Root Chakra Center

2nd – Sacral Chakra Center 

3rd –  Solar Plexus Chakra Center

5th –  Throat Chakra Center

6th –  3rd Eye Chakra Center

7th –  Crown Chakra Center

Read more on each chakra @  7 Chakra Subtle Energy Centers


 

 

Chanting Mono Syllables

For the purpose of this article it is our belief based upon experience that chanting the following mantras in song or meditation restores function and vibrancy to these energy centers.  chakras 03One can enjoy chanting one mantra in mindfulness of that chakra, or for all seven.  Chanting patterns of 9 times are favoured with 108 the most sacred number.

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Another way one can integrate balance in their chakra energy centers is by mindfully drawing each of the symbols for the seven chakra Mono syllables.


 

 

Chakra Mono Syllables & Symbols

chakras 06Listed below are the  Mono syllables and symbols for each of the 7 Chakra Centers starting with the foundation and moving up to mind and spirit:


1st Chakra – Root 

Muladhara

Root Chakra

Sanskrit translation:  Mula – “root”Adhara – “support or base

  • Located:  basal end of the spine, the pelvic floor &  first three vertebrae
  • Mantra:

Lam

Pronounced “lum”

Social, Emotional & Physical Trait in and out of balance


2nd Chakra – Sacral

Svadhisthana

Sacral Chakra

Translation:  “dwelling place of self”

Located:  between pubic bone and belly button

Mantra:

Vam

Pronounced “vum”

Social, Emotional & Physical Trait in and out of balance


Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura

Solar Plexus Chakra

Translation:  “lustrous gem”

Located:  navel in the area of the solar plexus and up to the breastbone

Mantra:

Ramm

Pronounced “Rum”

Social, Emotional & Physical Trait in and out of balance


Heart Chakra – Anahata

Heart Chakra

Translation:  “unstuck” or “unhurt”

Location:  center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breasts. It also rules the lymphatic system

Mantra:

Yam

Pronounced  “Yum”

Social, Emotional & Physical Trait in and out of balance


Throat Chakra – Vishuddha

Throat Chakra

Translates:  “especially pure”

Location:  Throat

Mantra:

Ham

Pronounced “hum”

Social, Emotional & Physical Trait in and out of balance


3rd Eye Chakra – Ajna

Third Eye Chakra

Translates:  “Beyond Wisdom”

Location:  Slightly above and between eyebrows

Mantra:

Om

Pronounced “Aum”

Social, Emotional & Physical Trait in and out of balance


Crown Chakra – Sahasrara

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Crown Chakra

Translation – “thousand-petaled”

Mantra:

Ah

Pronounced “u”

Social, Emotional & Physical Trait in and out of balance


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Red Jasper

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Grounding, Nurturing, Energizing

Red Jasper is found around the world and is a micro-crystalline variety of Quartz.  It has been known as a stone for protection, birth and re-birth.  It is associated with vibrancy, endurance and fertility.

Physical Benefits:

Red Jasper stimulates life force, physical strength, energy, stamina, focus and determination.

Emotional Benefits:

It calms emotions creating a lasting, stable energy for improving health and overcoming illness.

Chakra Benefits:

This stone activates the Base Chakra and stimulates the rise of the kundalini energy throughout the chakras, cleansing and strengthening the aura.

Creative Benefits:

It is used in setting and accomplishing goals and manifesting creative ideas.  A stone of passion, Red Jasper is useful for restoring and rejuvenating the libido.

Dreams Benefits:

Red Jasper provides vivid dream recall,


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Fire Cider Immune Booster Recipe

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Fire Cider is part food and part medicine used to boost one’s immune system during cold and flu season, and improves gut digestion and circulation.  It can be taken daily in small doses as a preëmptive or as a first aid with oncoming symptoms.

The fiery ingredients of fire cider are nutritious, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, congestion clearing and it adds heat!  It’s main ingredients are apple cider vinegar, horseradish, ginger, garlic, lemon and oranges.  Honey can be added before taking brew orally.  This recipe was named Fire Cider and made popular by Author Rosemary Gladstar of the California School of Herbal Studies in the 1980’s, however,  early oxymel herbal remedies date back century’s.  Oxymel translates to acid (vinegar) and honey and was formulated to make unpleasant herbal  remedies more palatable.

Ingredients:  (1 gallon jar)

  • 1 cup fresh chopped horseradish
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped ginger
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped turmeric
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced white onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper
  • 2 whole oranges sliced thin (wash well before using)
  • 1 whole lemon sliced thin (wash well before using)
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorn
  • Raw apple cider vinegar to cover ingredients in a 1 gallon jar

Instructions:

Layer raw ingredients in jar, add a glass weight to hold ingredients under the liquid level and cover with raw apple cider vinegar.  Raw apple cider vinegar is started with a mother exactly like in Kombucha.  This means the vinegar may have strands of fine fibrous material.  This is healthy and not unsafe to consume.

If using smaller jar cut ingredients down to size dividing difference in jars.  Cover with lid and set jar aside for 30 days. If using metal lid cover it with parchment paper before covering jar to stop it from rusting.  I use inexpensive lids designed for easy fermenting that has made fermenting fun and simple.

Jostle jar of raw ingredients each day.

After 30 days filter raw ingredients out of liquid and pour liquid into easy bottle for pouring  daily doses or taking by tablespoon.

Shelf Life of Fire Cider

This brew is a fermented pro-biotic that can last 18 months.  Keep refrigerated once opened.

Recommended ways of taking Fire Cider:

Fire Cider brew can be taken in 1 oz. shots usually first thing in the morning or added to hot water and honey for a tea.  It can also be taken by spoon, teaspoon or tablespoon each day.  If run down or feeling cold or flu-like take a couple of tablespoons (1 oz.) 3 to 4 times a day spread out.

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When did food stop being fun & sexy? Finding pleasure in food.

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.comxx

As a Feldenkrais® Practitioner I hear about the strategies one takes for ailments that range from muscle cramping, aches, pains to digestion issues and more. The solutions usually involve supplements, vitamins, minerals, drips, medication and new diets like gluten or lactose free.

However, I have experienced if someone suggests they are low in vitamins or minerals, they never  focus on foods that contain higher levels of these specific characteristics. Instead they search them out at the drug store through prescription or off the shelf at the  supermarket or health food store.

When I hear many speak about their food and diet, I notice that it is usually with discomfort and generally has a tone that is self-depreciating.  Their ease in the conversation is usually with a focus on the benefits of new diets they may be trying or have heard about.   The topic seems to  never be focused upon the values or qualities of the foods.  It’s always teaching or preaching the diet.  This includes no mention of finding enjoyment or pleasure in their food choices and it can sometimes focus on good or bad, right and wrong viewpoints.  I have been surprised by how many restrict their choices to the same meal repeatedly, sometimes for years.  I can share that food can be an evolving experience of integration and a source of deepening intimacy.  Intimacy is not just in the bedroom, it can expand to include nourishment from foods you put in your body at the level of your health and well-being!  Understanding your food can give you a deeper appreciation for its richness and qualities that can increase your physical, mental and emotional health experience.  This integrative connection deepens intimacy with yourself and can quiet those doubting, shaming and fearful voices in your head creating more of a zen-like mindful experience.  Food as meditation?

The missing part in these food conversations is the link to the physical, mental and emotional qualities that are stimulated by food consumption.   An example are foods that are considered  mood enhancers, like fermented foods.  Fermented foods increase good gut bacteria naturally and supply the B vitamin nutrition the brain needs for good function, which includes B 12.  This makes fermented foods an excellent one to add to your diet if you are a low meat-eater, vegetarian or vegan.

Another example I hear come up in my office is Magnesium.  This seems to be the trend for muscle pain and spasms.  Magnesium is an essential mineral for body function and can be found in foods such as; spinach, avocado, quinoa, whole grains, cashews, almonds, black beans, edamame, yogurt, fish, dark chocolate

The daily dosage of magnesium supplementation for women over 31 is 320 grams and for men it is  420 grams.  However, there are no maximum dosage amounts in eating magnesium rich foods as naturally occurring elements can be easily digested.  There is a cautionary recommended dosage when using dietary supplements as they cannot be absorbed by the body in the same way as food can.

 

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For educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-diagnosing.

Why are we so fearful of mushrooms?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Amanita muscaria mushroom

When I am excited about finding a new type of mushroom or even considering culturing my own mushrooms,  the first thing others share back with me is, “You have to be careful, they can be dangerous.”  (or some other similar phrase)  It’s a downer for sure and quite frankly the cautionary tone is annoying.  If you haven’t researched mushrooms yourself you cannot be an educated authority on the topic.

I have never met anyone who has gotten ill or died from eating mushrooms.  I have met those who have gotten deathly ill from eating oysters, restaurant food and commercially sold food products.   In many decades of life I have heard only a few stories of people who died from eating mushrooms in the Province of B.C., where I live.  When I google how many people have died in B.C., from eating mushrooms in the past few decades, NO factual research shows up!  There are many warnings though about the Death Cap Mushrooms.  Specifically in the Greater Victoria region.

Having written this, it doesn’t mean I recommend going out and eating any old mushroom without researching it first.  I recommend foragers research the mushrooms they find to confidently know their mushrooms are edible and that they have reassurance they are not poisonous.  Don’t assume mushrooms are safe because they are growing in urban areas.  Do your due diligence and find answers through foraging mentors, experts and/or through field guides, local groups, etc.

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What you eat directs what you will eat

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

After a short time of eating home-made yogurt with only two ingredients; milk and yogurt from a previous batch, it has become even more evident, WHAT YOU EAT DETERMINES WHAT YOU WILL EAT IN THE FUTURE.

I have always loved pizza and it is something that I enjoy sharing with my kid.  Regardless of what diet I have been on the exception has always been pizza night.  The first slice was never enough and always  led to more slices.

Imagine my son going to get pizza and I genuinely have no interest mentally, emotionally or physically.  My mind isn’t telling me a story about how much I love pizza, my gut isn’t craving it and I recognize there is no motivation, attachment or inspiration in sharing, not even a bite.  The box was set on the kitchen counter and it was still as uninteresting as someone driving by.  I asked myself what has changed?  The only recent change is that I have added home-made yogurt to my diet .

Wow, as soon as I added home-made yogurt the last-minute trips to the grocer for quick foods stopped, eating bread stopped and now this non-attachment to pizza.  The most powerful aspect of this change is that it didn’t come from a thought or resistance.  I wasn’t aware that these changes were happening until I noticed they weren’t.

I am not a scientist nor am I seeking to read a study or do a study on this.  I take my experience as my truth.  The small changes in my diet are changing my physical, mental and emotional functions.  I believe it’s changing my brain function as well!

I am coming away believing that there is something in my diet that is now satisfying my functional needs that previously had been a missing link.  Whether a gut interaction or brain food, or both, I am not aware of exactly which.  What I am aware of is the outcome of it.  Food determines our function physical, emotional and brain functions.

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