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. And breathe.
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.
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.
Step 4: LOVE. Fourth chakra. 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. 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.
Step 7: Let it BE. Seventh chakra. Enlightenment.