|Ohio 2012 State HS Track Meet|
“Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know.” ~ Colin Powell
“Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
My son came home from the Ohio’s 2012 State High School Track Meet finals very excited. He said I had to see the pictures he took on his cell phone: “It was so great.” I initially thought it was a picture of one of his classmates winning one of the races or a field event. He showed me his tiny cell phone screen; it was a picture similar to the Associate Press pick-up (Picture above). He gave me a play-by-play commentary on how the West Liberty 3200 meter runner, Ms. Vogel, picked up the injured girl (her competitor) and helped her across the finish line. Ms. Vogel was coming up from behind and then pushed her across the line before her. His coach was quickly told the team: “This is what good sportsmanship is all about. It’s what you keep talking about.” My son then said the whole stadium crowd stood and applauded. Looking at the picture, I thought no this is what love looks like.
That picture went viral. People seemed to share Ms. Vogel’s act of kindness. However, there were others who didn’t feel the same way. Paraphrasing one American radio talk show host, he felt Ms. Vogel’s act was another indication of the decline in American culture which is suffering from a decline of “hard manliness” (Columbus Dispatch). I sit back and wonder – when did kindness, caring and loving cease being a part of American’s core ideal? Founding Father Thomas Jefferson stated: "Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence."
The backlash against someone doing showing kindness isn’t an isolated incident. I’ve been seeing it on a more frequent basis – just turn on the news or drive in traffic during our heat record days. Even on the PBP, some of the writers have received “nasty messages.” Sadly, part of me believes if Mother Theresa would have demonstrated Ms. Vogel’s act of compassion even she would have received put-downs. It is my belief that the decades of oppressive, cruel and hateful behavior are now enshrined as the Great American Archetype, the hero who has true grit and will stand their ground using these behaviors. Somewhere, the pieces “about pulling together” and “helping someone up” has been cut out of the American quilt. I also believe based on the work done by Caroline Myss, these behaviors exhibited, indicate symptoms to a greater problem – imbalanced chakras at both an individual and society level.
|7 Chakra Energy Centers|
Chakras are the seven major and 122 minor energy centers found in the body and provide the connection between physical body, its energy bodies and the cosmic source (Motherfather Spirit).
Chakras have been described as specific types of flowers, spinning vortexes and wheels. Each are spinning and emitting energy at different frequencies. The seven chakras’ frequencies relate to the colors found in the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of a person’s chakras vary due to multiple factors such as age, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress. Additionally, each chakra provides a specific challenge for one’s spiritual quest on this earthly plane.
“The state of each chakra reflects the health of a particular area of your body. It also reflects your psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. Every thought and experience you've ever had in your life gets filtered through these chakra databases. Each event is recorded into your cells. In other words, your biography becomes your biology. When chakra energy is blocked or misdirected, emotional and physical illness can arise” (Myss).
The Heart Chakra is an interesting energy center. It contains lessons about our relationships with others, how we accept ourselves and our gifts, love, commitment and compassion, hatred, grief, and self-centeredness. It also understood that the Heart Chakra maintains a sense of balance between the three chakras found above (experiences mentally and intellectually) and three chakras found below (experiences in the physical world). It does this by providing stability to the mind and body by integrating the messages received by the other six chakras. In many cultures and faith traditions, the Heart Chakra is considered the central home to the spirit or soul.
One could say that their Heart Chakra is in balance if they if they have no problem with accepting themselves and others and having an understanding and ability to use and share their unique gifts and talents with the world. This person understands that we are all interconnected and need to care for each other. They are forgiving, trusting and nonjudgmental and people feel good around them.
If you are feeling or acting in the following manner: dishonest with money, possessive, jealous, reckless, angry, resentful, cruel, fearful – your Heart Chakra is out of balance. If people are avoiding you – you might self-reflect on these behaviors and emotions.
Activities that help heal my heart chakra
People move in and out of balance in all their Chakras. For me, my imbalance is a result of forgetting to take care of myself. This means: eating candy for stress rather than taking a walk; not taking a lunch break which includes a walk; not journaling; clutter overload because I plant myself in front of the TV.
I'm a firm believer in the phrase: "Healer - heal thy self first." If you aren't together there's no way you will be able to help others, let alone help the world. I'm also a believer in leading by example - in this case healing by example.
Below are some of the tools I use on myself - you may find these helpful or find out what works for you. As I've stated before in this blog, sometimes you may need some assistance in healing old wounds. A CCWWW has no problem seeking a licensed counselor or a social worker to help out - (note the second W is for wise not weak).
Good stones/crystals to meditate with - All the green stones – I’ve had good success with moss agate, green jasper. Additionally, I have a nice piece of rose quarts that I use.
A meditation I like in general. There are many "healing the heart chakra" on youtube. I really like meditating to Andreas Vollenweider.
Journaling or a good hike in the woods.
Foods that health the heart chakra
•Leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, etc.
•Air vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, etc.
•Liquids: green teas
•Spices: basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley
Moosewood Green Goddess Dressing - served over a bed of mixed greens
Moosewood is my favorite restaurant in Ithica, NY. If you are headed out to hike in the Adirondack or Vermont traveling from Ohio - a great place to stop.
1 cup vegetable oil (olive oil)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey or 2 tablespoons apple juice
5 to 6 spinach leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon fresh (or dried) basil
1 teaspoon fresh (or dried) marjoram
1 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 cup buttermilk
Blend all of the ingredients, except the buttermilk, for one minute. While the blender is running, slowly pour in the buttermilk. As soon as the dressing thickens, turn off the blender or the dressing will separate and become runny. It should be thick and creamy. Chill at least 30 minutes so the flavors have a chance to meld. Other herbs can be used to vary this dressing. Dill, tarragon, oregano, a dab of Dijon mustard and freshly ground black pepper are all possible additions or substitutions. Fresh herbs in season are always our choice when available. Yogurt or sour cream may be substituted for the buttermilk. However, buttermilk makes the creamiest and stable (non-separating) dressing. Refrigerated and tightly covered, it will stay fresh for up to a week. If the dressing separates, re-blend.
Makes about 2 cups (16 servings).
Approximate values per serving: 129 calories, 14 g fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 1 g protein, 1 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 152 mg sodium, 98 percent calories from fat.
Heart Healing Ice Tea
• 1/2 cup fresh lemon balm leaves
• 2 tablespoon fresh lavender buds
• 2 cups hot water
• 2 cups cold water and ice
1. Steep lemon balm and lavender in boiling water about 3 minutes.
2. Add cold water and ice to pitcher
3. Strain tea into pitcher
4. Serve over additional ice (lemon wedges are optional).
Note - I like my tea strong. If this is too much for you dilute it.
Myss, Caroline. Anatomy of the Spirit. Crown Publishing Inc. 1996.