“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters” Oprah Winfrey
This month we are looking at the role our chakras play in helping us live a life full of joy and inner peace. I think of chakras as energetic way stations connecting our Spirit to our physical body. I envision them as wheels of spinning energy located along the central axis of your body that house the energy of your thoughts and feelings. These bands of vibrating energy provide information to your endocrine system, regulating your hormones and balancing the energy within your body.
The fourth chakra is located in the center of your chest, very close to your physical heart. This is the energy center associated with love; not the romantic, sexual love so much as the love of self and the love of others- a connection to what matters.
You are what you think, and your thoughts and feelings affect your chakras. The practice of gratitude is the practice of expressing love – and this helps to keep this chakra in balance. Joy and gratitude are inner twined. As you express gratitude for what others have done for you, or what you experience, you send out waves of love energy from your heart center – your fourth chakra. This sense of gratitude is the gateway to the energy of joy.
Brene Brown and Oprah talk about joy and gratitude in this segment of Super Soul Sunday. What I found most interesting in listening to this segment was how we can so easily talk ourselves out of joy.
Living a heart-centered life means filling your life with thoughts of loving kindness and compassion towards others. It means that your heart is open and you are in a state of gratitude –every day, all day. If you want to learn more about chakras, joy and inner peace, you might be interested in Tame Your Inner Critic, Find Peace & Contentment to Live Your Life on Purpose –