4 Ways to Heal Your Crown Chakra by Spending Time in Nature

4 Ways to Heal Your Crown Chakra by Spending Time in Nature

The crown chakra is your gateway to the spiritual realm and your state of oneness with the Universe.

Letting go of your ego is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a balanced and open crown chakra, and what better way to do that than by spending more time in nature?

Nature grounds us when we've become a little too lost in our egos—and this is exactly what we need to be able to move beyond low-consciousness thought and into a higher state of love and purpose.

Here are are five ways to put yourself deeper in touch with nature so that you can regain your footing on the path you need to take toward greater spiritual growth.


1. Trade sitting meditation for a meditative walk through a green or wooded area.

Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sit still. Taking your meditation outdoors—even in the winter—is a wonderful way to combine the benefits of physical activity with the therapeutic effects of nature.

As you walk down your chosen path, trail, or sidewalk, focus on your senses like your feet hitting the ground with each step, the coolness of your breath as you breathe in the dry and cold air, the sounds you hear around you, and the sights that you see. Here’s a more detailed step-by-step process on how to do a walking meditation.


2. Find ways to immerse yourself in sunlight.

Thought and light are the two main elements associated with the crown chakra, so getting outside when the sun is shining at its brightest—such as around noon or on clear days—is definitely ideal. Bonus points if you do your walking meditation on a sunny day!

If getting outside isn’t an option because the weather is too cold, you could stay warm inside and try gazing out from a window while letting the sunlight reach your skin.


3. Appreciate the little things that Mother Nature does.

As you walk outside or gaze outside your window, ask yourself, what do I genuinely love about the work of Mother Nature? You might appreciate the way that the snow falls, the way the frost paints unique designs on your windows, or the incredible polar opposites of the seasons—such as the frozen stillness of winter versus the lively activity of summer.

Loving nature exactly how it is can help you connect to deeper parts of yourself, opening the doors to greater self-knowledge and understanding that you are so much more than what you think you might be on the surface.


4. Nurture the plant and animal life around you.

Let your appreciation for nature inspire great actions of love. Whether you choose to hang a bird feeder in your yard, tend to your indoor or outdoor plants, or start preparing a small herb garden for spring, the love you show the environment and wildlife around you will come back to you.

Above all, make sure to perform these actions out of unconditional love rather than by obligation or expectation that it will benefit you in some way. It’s those selfless acts of pure love that will lead you to balance and open your crown chakra—not the beliefs or rules you’ve been taught to follow just so you can get something out of it.

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“Within each of us is a light, awake, encoded in the fibers of our existence. Divine ecstasy is the totality of this marvelous creation experienced in the hearts of humanity.” ~Tony Samara


Since many yogis will undoubtedly feel the need to get back on track with contemplating, exploring, and fulfilling their life purpose as they continue on growing and improving themselves, the crown chakra is our focus for January. This chakra’s physical location is at the top of the head (the crown), connecting you with the Divine.

The crown chakra is connected to all the other chakras, so ensuring that these other energy centers are also balanced is essential to a well-balanced crown chakra. Energy is drawn up from the other chakras through the crown chakra, bringing you closer to higher levels of spiritual awareness and enlightenment.


The Importance of a Balanced Crown Chakra

When your crown chakra is open and balanced, you’ll experience connectedness to something greater than yourself and more joy in what you choose to do with your life. Instead of moving through life based on what you’ve been taught by others, what’s expected of you, or what will only serve you and you alone, you’ll be guided by your spirit to go beyond the constraints of your ego so you can serve your true purpose.

A balanced crown chakra is key to unlocking your inner wisdom in ways that drive you to pursue your purpose not for individual materialism, but for the greater good of everyone and everything that is connected to you. You’ll know that this chakra is balanced and opening when you feel a heightened sense of faith in the higher powers of the Universe and a humble sense of self-confidence in many aspects of your life.


Signs of an Unbalanced Crown Chakra

Crown chakra imbalances can reveal themselves in many different ways, but they all stem from one area of the body—the head. These are some of the most common signs of an unbalanced crown chakra:

  • Excessive thinking
  • Trouble analyzing thoughts
  • Brain fog
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of disconnection
  • Sleep problems and/or chronic fatigue
  • Headaches and migraine


Remedies to Help Balance Your Crown Chakra

Balancing your crown chakra is as simple as focusing on nurturing the spiritual aspects of your life. It involves removing yourself from activities and experiences that distract you and feed your ego.

Here are a few crown chakra-balancing things to focus on:

  • Silence
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation or prayer
  • Light therapy
  • Music or sound recordings with deep, tonal sounds
  • Activities that you’re passionate about
  • Stones such as amethyst, selenite, clear quartz, and diamond
  • Essential oils such as lavender, rose, jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood


Yogi Surprise members are receiving a very special gift in their Lifestyle boxes this January to help them balance their crown chakras. Gemstone Organic's Mini Crown Chakra Bath Kit can be used in a ceremonial bath to help you calm your mind and body, call up a sense of gratitude, and expand your intuitive knowledge as you look toward 2018 with limitless hope and love.

Happy New Year, yogis!

3 Simple Ways to Open Your Crown Chakra

3 Simple Ways to Open Your Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is our source of spiritual connection. It connects us to something greater than ourselves, and in turn deepens our connection with our true self—a self that stems from beyond the ego.

When the Crown Chakra is unblocked, balanced, and strengthened, we open ourselves up to trust in the Universe. This is they key to finding inspiration and meaningful happiness in our lives, maintaining a positive outlook, and living out our purpose.

You don’t need to be a spiritual master or energy healer to balance your Crown Chakra. In fact, any of the following strategies will do—all of which are simple and versatile enough for any yogi to tackle!


Practice Crown-Activating Yoga Poses

The time that you spend on your mat is a perfect opportunity to work with opening your Crown Chakra. This Chakra is located at the crown of the head and is associated with the upper part of the brain/the element of thought, so poses that activate this area are especially helpful.

Half lotus pose (ardha padmasana) is a passive pose that is ideal for meditation, so you might consider starting or finishing your practice with this one. If you want a more advanced pose to try, supported headstand (salamba sirasana) would be a good one to integrate into your practice for grounding the crown to the earth and increasing blood flow toward the brain that comes from inverting the body.


Use Affirmations

Affirmations have the power to rewire our brains by consciously choosing to think what we want to think about ourselves and about our lives. If you want to balance and strengthen your Crown Chakra so that you can open up to receive more Divine energy and achieve higher states of consciousness, you can use specific affirmations.

Here are a few good examples of affirmations that attune to the Crown Chakra:

"I accept and love myself as I am."

"I am here to learn and grow."

"I am open to receiving Divine energy and knowledge."

"I am one with the Universe."

"I am pure light and love."

"I trust my intuition fully."

"I am grateful for all that I have."


Indulge in Your Favorite Sources of Inspiration

What inspires you? Whatever it may be, you should keep those things close to you. That wide open feeling of awe, wonder, and joy that extends beyond yourself is a sign of your Crown Chakra opening, letting you go beyond your ego and experience mystical oneness.

Here are a few ways you can get inspired:

  • Spend time in nature
  • Listen to music
  • Play with children or pets
  • Go to see an artistic performance
  • View works of art
  • Meet up with new or old friends to chat and laugh
  • Learn something new by taking a class, reading a book, watching a tutorial, etc.

Any yogi could do all three of these things nearly every day with a little conscious effort—even on a busy schedule. To start the New Year off right and get intentional about how you want 2018 to turn out, it’s certainly worth it!