Finding your inner light doesn’t have to wait until meditation class – here’s how to connect with spirit wherever you are…
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all spend the rest of the summer deepening our spirituality in an Indian ashram or on a vision quest in the Rocky Mountains? While these inspiring escapades could shape up to be life-changing, it’s important to remember that spirituality isn’t just located somewhere exotic – everything you’re looking for can be discovered right here, right now.
And, it doesn’t have to take hours to feel a connection with the Universe; you can stay in contact all day, even during a busy work schedule. So, rather than holding off until you can afford that spiritual pilgrimage, try concentrating on the simple changes you can make now to enhance your everyday life. Here are a few ways to deepen your spirituality (even if you’ve only got two ticks to spare):
Relax with pranayama
In the kundalini yoga tradition, a combination of movement and breathing techniques (known as pranayama) are used to instantly ignite the kundalini energy at the base of your spine. You can connect with this source of power through a simple exercise called Sitali, also known as ‘cooling breath’.
You don’t need to find a quiet spot or even sit cross legged to practise Sitali, simply close your eyes, curl your tongue and inhale through your mouth. Then, close your mouth and exhale through your nose. The purpose of this exercise is to alter the energy in your body to enable you to feel more centred. It’s particularly good if you’ve experienced some sort of conflict and want to feel calmer.
Feng shui your way to peace
You can positively reshape your day-to-day life by following a few basic feng shui guidelines and re-arranging your desk. Practitioners believe the placement of objects in a space affects the flow of chi (life force or essential energy) and can help you feel uplifted immediately.
The first rule is to get rid of clutter!
You can’t expect to be zen when you’re fighting your way through piles of paperwork. Spending a few minutes before the end of the day filing and tidying is a great way to improve your general peace of mind ‒ you’ll notice an improvement to your productivity, too.
The top left-hand corner of your desk is linked to your finances and self-esteem, so try placing a small potted plant or fresh flowers in this area to enhance personal growth. Another suggestion is to place an attractive metal object in the central right-hand side of the desk – this is thought to instantly boost creativity and harmony.
Stay connected with a chakra balance
Ever had one of those days when everything you say is taken the wrong way? Most of us experience moments when communication with our work colleagues is strained. But often, it’s not just about what you’re saying; misunderstandings happen when you’re not aligned with other people’s energy.
Having difficulty expressing yourself can be linked to an unbalanced throat chakra (one of the seven main energy centres in the body).
To open up your chakra, try practising this visualisation while at your desk
Imagine a sapphire-blue ball of energy spinning slowly inside your throat. See the circle of blue filling your throat, mouth and chest area. Notice the stillness in your body. Then, imagine the light coming out of the top of you head and down into your colleagues’ throat chakras connecting you all together. Breath deeply for a few moments and release the power source back into your chakra, closing the energy centre as you do.
Another great way to instantaneously heighten your vibrations, wherever you are, is with a round of emotional freedom technique (sometimes referred to as ‘psychological acupressure’). EFT involves using your fingertips to tap on your body’s energy meridians, while repeating positive affirmations.
To have a spiritually open and loving day, why not give EFT a go on your way to work or afternoon break?
Simply say the phrase, “Even though I (fill in the blank with how you are feeling or a situation that’s occurred), I completely love and accept myself.” As you repeat this, tap seven times on each of the following energy points: inner edge of the eyebrow; outer edge of the eyebrow, under the eye; under the nose; on the chin; collar bone; under armpits and top of the head.
After you have completed the circuit once, go back around and repeat until you feel yourself becoming full of vitality. If you make this a part of your daily routine you will tap your way to inner peace!