You might be surprised but there are hundreds of chakras throughout our body. Now, the seven main chakras are the keys to infusing the body with good energy and providing overall spiritual health. Each of these chakras governs a particular part of the body/mind/spirit cocktail, and when you balance them, you are left with an overall feeling of well-being.
Each chakra (or wheel of energy) is depicted as a flower of a specific color that can be opened or closed off. The Root Chakra is the first area of concentration. The Crown Chakra, most associated with your universal connection and spiritual health, is the last of the seven chakras.
The Seven Chakras
The Root Chakra (1st)
Location: Base of the spine and just below it
Quality: Life force
The Sacral Chakra (2nd)
Location: Just below the bellybutton
Quality: Order, sex life
The Solar Plexus (3rd)
Location: Just below the rib cage
Quality: Wisdom, strength
The Heart Chakra (4th)
Location: Your heart
Quality: The Love Chakra
The Throat Chakra (5th)
Quality: Power, expression
The Third Eye Chakra (6th)
Location: Between your eyebrows
Quality: Imagination, perception, intuition
The Crown Chakra (7th)
Color: Violet (and sometimes white)
Location: The crown of your skull
Quality: Understanding, willpower, spiritual connectedness
How to Balance the Chakras
Balancing the chakras is done most notably through chakra meditation, but you can also eat foods of a certain color or wear clothes or crystals of a certain color among other things to draw energy to a specific area needing more attention.
Start at the first chakra. Concentrate on the color of the flower or wheel and imagine it spinning clockwise, opening up to allow bad energy to leave and letting in the white, cleansing energy of the divine universe. Let each color emanate through your whole body, inside and out. Then move to the next chakra, opening, releasing bad energy and absorbing good energy. Repeat this process until you have reached the Crown Chakra where all the energy of the universe, of which you are a part, enters into your body and also surrounds it, allowing your aura to glow and give you overall energy that is palpable. Some schools of chakra meditation suggest closing the chakras upon completing the meditation, but closing them off to bad energy is also closing them off to the flow of good energy. My preference is to leave them open and to balance them regularly.
Feeling Good—Spiritual Health
If you’re troubled by worrying thoughts, doubts in your own abilities, or if you feel spiritually uneasy, a chakra meditation can renew your spirit and help you feel healthy and grounded. Balancing your chakras on a daily basis takes only minutes, but the benefits are long-lasting.