Do-ing v. Be-ing

third chakra

During a guided mediation a few weeks ago, I received a gentle nudging from the Universe that I need to heal my root and sacral chakras. As it had been a while since I worked with chakra energies, I set about re-familiarizing myself with them. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve worked through the first two chakras, but I’m not stopping there. This week is on to the Solar Plexus (third) chakra.

The Solar Plexus chakra, located in the center of the chest, is our personal power center. It holds our dreams, hopes, fears, and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. It’s our confidence in and respect for ourselves. It’s also our ability to receive and listen to our intuition.

A few weeks ago, my intuition and the Universe lead me to read Inna Segal’s book The Secret Life of Wellness. Segal argues that each of us has a life purpose, something we were brought on earth to do, but many of us lose our Soul’s Purpose somewhere along the way. Having been told as much by my Inner Goddess in April, the idea of losing and wanting to reconnect with my Soul’s Purpose was something I could clearly relate to.  But before I could truly reconnect, I needed to heal.

What I’ve come to realize over the past few weeks as I’ve worked with healing my chakra energies is that I am spending way too much time Do-ing instead of Be-ing. And while you might think the lesson of the Solar Plexus chakra would be to embrace your personal power by Do-ing more, it’s really not. The lesson I’ve learned this past few weeks is that just as there must be a balance of masculine and feminine, receiving and giving, there must be a balance of do-ing and be-ing. Danielle LaPorte says that when she makes her New Year’s Resolutions, it’s all about how she wants to feel that year. And that’s what I mean by balancing do-ing and be-ing.

Instead of looking at your day as an endless to do list, what if you started each day with a question:

“At the end of the day, how do I want to feel?”

After you ponder that one, you can ask yourself,

“What will make me feel that way?”

So yesterday, I challenged myself to spend an entire day Be-ing instead of Do-ing. Yes, I ‘did’ things, but it was based on my feelings, not my to-do list. And it was wonderful. I started my morning with a very productive and inspirational phone call with my friend Lisa Marie Rosati. Then, inspired by the feelings that emerged in that phone call, I got out my trusty purple pen and paper and spent most of my day working on my Vision statements for my two businesses. I dreamt of where I wanted to take my businesses, what courses I might want to offer, and what I could do to best serve you, my community. I came away feeling blessed and inspired. In the coming months I’ll share some of what I dreamed up. In the meantime, know that I am working on dreams of women’s circles, books, and ecourses to help you heal and transform your life. And you can bet there will be some chakra healing work involved as I move on this week to my heart (4th) chakra. More to come…

Have a great, inspired week and try living a day – or even an hour or two – Be-ing instead of Do-ing. It’s wonderfully refreshing and transformational.

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