Below is a brief, 7-step guide to finding yourself in times of chaos, big and small:
Step 1: Feel the ground beneath your feet. First chakra.
Practice stillness and simplicity. Breathe. Breathe. And breathe. Not always as simple as it sounds, I know. (Dear friends take note - someone needs to remind me of this one on my wedding day!)
Step 2: Stay true to who you are. Second chakra.
Continue to create and express yourself. Make time for your practice, your outlets, your passions. I have needed gentle reminders over the past few months that my creativity well surpasses that of table decorations and tent lighting! What do you need to be reminded of?
Step 3: Focus on what’s important. Third chakra.
Harness your determination. Why do you aim to accomplish all that you do? Let the worries go and focus on what you are working towards. In my current state, I need to remember that all this is for a celebration of love, and that’s a beautiful thing.
Step 4: LOVE. Fourth chakra.
My nearest and dearest chakra
- continue to tap into it. Practice patience, understanding and acceptance, even when dealing with less-than-pleasant people! Connect with and awaken your heart, allowing your boundless love to dance around you and all those near. Let it be free.
Step 5: Be true to yourself and others. Fifth chakra.
Practice communicating clearly, and (gasp!) really listening. Sat Nam. You are truth. I am truth. Your love is truth. My love is truth. Truth = Love.
Step 6: Awaken your insight and find balance. Sixth chakra.
Practice quieting the mind and find grace in this crazy dance called life. This one takes a lot of work but leads to clarity, peace and a deep sense of self. Promise.
Step 7: Let it BE. Seventh chakra.
Enlightenment. Marital bliss? Ha, I sure hope so. I haven’t experienced sustained enlightenment (yet) but I know that this wondrous practice of YOGA
, union and life, leads nowhere else.