Balancing my Chakras

It’s always wise to put our small problems into perspective. What better way than on Memorial Day when we slow our pace to reflect on what our freedom means, and how we’ve managed to keep that freedom.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~Joseph Campbell~  To all of the men and women who have fought, have fallen, or continue to fight for our freedom…bless you, and thank you.

As some of you know, last week I had plumbing problems. Not with my body’s plumbing but with the plumbing of the house. I had to pay to have it re-piped. Yikes. That is never fun. When you spend a lot of money and you don’t get to see the actual results, it doesn’t seem fair. No beautiful new car, or lovely dress, or fantastic trip, just a bunch of pipes going underground. And a whole lot of mess to clean up afterward.

Well, it really wasn’t that much water…but it felt like it at the time. By Sunday, I had stopped doing the bitch and moan and began to give thanks. Thanks that I live in a country that has running water and sewer systems and air conditioning. Sometimes we do forget how lucky we are. Then I walked outside and saw water gushing down my path. I held my breath for a moment, and then traced the water back to its source. The new pipes had not come loose. Whew! This was water from a burst sprinkler pipe. I shook my head in disgust. Of course this would happen on a long weekend. What did this water problem mean? 

After I found a home owner’s association gardener (it is not their normal day to work) and paid him a small amount of money to fix the sprinkler, I went back inside and decided to exercise.  I remained seated on my yoga mat afterward and did a little meditating. When I came out of that meditation my thoughts were on water, and what water means to us. I was reminded of a homeopathic doctor (a Chinese man) who I had visited some years ago. He told me that I had too much water. He said I needed more fire. More passion. He wanted to mix up all kinds of herbs and stuff for me to take. I declined and took the massage instead.

Maybe he was right.         

I looked up my chakra wheel to contemplate the body-mind connections regarding water.  I’m looking at the spleen chakra, which also provides energy to ovaries, adrenals, uterus, and kidney. The color is orange. It’s governed by the #2. The key focus is empathy, trust, warmth, and intimacy. Key crystals are coral, moonstone, and fire opal. Planets are the moon and Neptune. It governs taste, emotions and feelings, especially pleasure vs. need. Foods are water, juice, and tea. Common addictions are sugar, food, alcohol, and relationships.

Uh, oh.

I did have alcohol twice last week, and there was that bag of chocolate kisses, and I’ve been eating too much junk food. Heck, I even had cake. I’m going to look for some hot and spicy food, and put on something bright and colorful. I do have a favorite orange t-shirt. And I’ll put on my coral necklace. And it wouldn’t hurt to make a cup of orange spice tea. Maybe my positive actions will transfer to the emotions of the house. Ha ha. Hey, it could work.

Today I’m reflecting on all of the men and women who have been heroes in my life, and to all of those unknown heroes who fight for all of us every day. And I’m giving thanks in my own quiet way.

What about you? Is there a special hero in your life? How do you honor him or her? How is your passion? Are you wishy-washy? Are you fiery? Do you think you balance the elements well?


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18 Responses to Balancing my Chakras

  1. Lora says:

    The chakra thing makes sense to me.Now i wanna look mine up!

    And while it’s no trip to Florence, working plumbing is worth a lot.

  2. Robena Grant says:

    You are so right, Lora. But now that you mention it, Florence sounds real good. : )

  3. Okay, I know nothing about chakras, but once you mentioned sugar, food, alcohol and relationships I knew I’d better start researching!!! 🙂 Very interesting post .. I could use a little passion right now … where is my orange!!

  4. Robena Grant says:

    Hey, Nikki. Glad you dropped by. There are seven chakras, which are powerful spinning energy centers tied into each endocrine gland. They maintain health and strength but when blocked you have the negative side (like me with too much water) and so you must cleanse and balance. ; )

  5. Dee J. says:

    Very interesting. Although… I’m going to go out on a limb and say the pipes busted because they were old. LOL. Of course it never hurts to keep the ol’ chakras in line either. I’m sure I could afford to be more balanced… whether I can ever make that happen is the big question.

  6. Robena Grant says:

    Ha ha, Dee J. But nope. The house is fifteen years old and the prior owner had to repipe and took the cheapest route. We live on shifting sands and on the San Andreas fault. Small earthquakes are common. And now that I think about it, that is most likely more of a reason than the prior owners cheapness. : )

  7. Hi Robena – I hope you get great results with your life balancing changes. Like the old comedic saying goes – “It couldn’t hoit!”

    Hugs on the plumbing. Enjoy every shower you take now – imagine gold flecks in your shower head droplets, flecks that will heal and balance your well-being.

    That’s all I got!

    Of course today I’m thinking about my son (special forces, green beret) and loving him all the more. He does his momma and poppa proud!

    • Robena Grant says:

      Ha ha. Yes, gold flakes and then I’ll have highlights in my hair too.
      Hugs to you, and your son. That is awesome to have a green beret in the family. I’d be busting with pride.

  8. Nan says:

    I’ve always been curious about the chakra thing and now, like Nikki, I’m very curious. I’m going to check into mine–it could explain a lot! And who couldn’t use a little more fire–passion–in their life? Great post, Roben, thanks for the food for thought.

    • Robena says:

      Hi, Nan. I hope you’re at the lake cottage and having a wonderful weekend. Yes. Go check out your chakras, as Lynne says, “It couldn’t hoit.” : )

  9. KarenB says:

    Hmmm, off to check out chakras about which I know nothing.

  10. Robena Grant says:

    Hi, Karen. Thanks for stopping in. I’m a bit weird, so I’ll understand if you don’t get the whole chakra thing. : )

  11. Anne Kemp says:

    I love this post! I, too, had a bag of kisses that I HAD to get rid of – baked a bunch of cookies to add them to yesterday. Oh and the bag of M&M’s…I’m usually really good but last Thursday (coincidentally, the day before my first novel released) I had a sugar freak out/breakdown. This week? Cleansing is the word. I am going to look at my Chakras and see what they have t o say as well 🙂

    Great post- I can totally relate!


  12. Robena Grant says:

    Thanks, Anne. Isn’t it interesting how when we’re stressed we reach for the chocolate? I can go weeks with none and then stress hits and whammo! : )

  13. londonmabel says:

    I look forward to finding out if the new colors and spices effect something exciting in your life!

  14. Robena Grant says:

    Well, London…so far so good. There are no more leaks, although, as usual, there were three events right after the other. The burst pipe. A burst sprinkler. A leak underneath the kitchen sink.

    I’m awaiting the new landscaping. I’ve managed somehow to pay all of the bills. I’m staying positive, and adding fire and zest to my life, to keep away the water woes, and its working. : )

  15. Julie says:

    You are NOT weird, stop saying that! You are imaginative, creative, spiritual, loving, empowered, mystical, blessed, brilliant, smart, insightful, and goddess-like. Also, slightly Magickal.

    Great post, and very informative. I don’t have a lot of chakra knowledge, so this was helpful. Too much water here too, not a surprise.

    Here’s my three-some from yesterday: fleurs de lis.

    No clue why. Three of ’em, fleur de lis after fleur de lis after fleur de lis.

  16. Robena Grant says:

    Ha ha, Julie. I like the fleur de lis. Must get over to your blog today and catch up on the daily card readings. I’ve been so busy, well, under water really or at least bogged down. ; )