Building on the last post and drawing on more info from this Yoga Journal article, the final seventh of seven chakras is the Sahasrara chakra, or the chakra at the top of the head, and is associated with the highest functions of the mind.
“The seventh chakra is located at the crown of the head and serves as the crown of the chakra system, symbolizing the highest state of enlightenment and facilitating our spiritual development. The seventh chakra is like a halo atop the head. In art, Christ is often depicted with a golden light surrounding his head, and the Buddha shown with a lofty projection on the top of his head. In both cases, these images represent the awakened spirituality of the Sahasrara Chakra.”
Our mind creates our belief system and thought patterns, which causes our behaviors and actions. As we think, so we do. As we think, so we create our lives.
As with all chakras, the crown chakra can be excessive, deficient, or balanced.
“Excessiveness in this chakra appears as being overly intellectual or feeling yourself to be a member of a spiritual or intellectual elite. Deficient energy manifests as difficulty thinking for yourself, apathy, spiritual skepticism, and materialism. Meditation is the yogic practice best suited for bringing this chakra into balance. All the various forms of meditation, including both concentration and insight practices, allow the mind to become more present, clear, and insightful.”
There are so many wonderful instructions, books, blogs out there for how to start a meditative practice. Find a comfortable place to sit, and either close your eyes or focus your vision on something like a candle, and just sit there thinking of your breath moving in and out. Follow the path of the breath with your mind, and notice the details of the breath, the smoothness, the length, the temperature, the resonance, the areas in your body it travels to. When you feel your mind wander to thoughts of your day or things you need to tackle, don’t reprimand yourself, but just gently bring your mind back to the breath.
It might sound simple, it might not seem too profound, you likely won’t see visions or have a miraculously enlightening experience. But taking 10 minutes or more to clear your mind daily is a way to unload and invite calm to your otherwise always running brain, a way to hit your reset button. “Just as our body needs a shower frequently, the busy mind filled with so many thoughts and concerns also needs a cleansing.”
The outcome of balancing this final highest chakra? The mind will become more present, clear, and insightful. We experience whole body happiness.
Final thoughts on the whole chakra system: all seven whirling disks of energy that run from the base of our spine to the crown of our head. We all need a strong foundation of safety, friends, family, support, and self-love before we can feel fully expressed, present, insightful, and enlightened.
The coolest part of it all? You don’t have to memorize this sanskrit ancient mumbo jumbo. Just get on your yoga mat, and through physical poses/movements and quiet meditation, feel how your body is more balanced in every sense of the word, feel how flighty things are grounded, feel how heavy things are released, feel how things feel emotionally aligned, feel for yourself all of this in action.
Simply put, just get on your mat because it feels good to your body and soul.