• Alexa de los Reyes

Having trouble filling your tank?

I took this photo on a recent flight, my first in several years. I love how the clouds look like the ocean, or the desert, or a snow-covered landscape. Gazing out and getting absorbed in the vastness of the natural world, even just with my face pressed into a tiny window, seemed to replenish some of what the noisy, cramped, stress-filled airplane was draining out of me.

Speaking of draining and replenishing, how are your energy stores? Maybe you resonate with the word "depleted" -- it has been coming up a lot lately in my healing practice. So many people are fatigued on a level that a good night's sleep doesn't touch. There's not only not enough fuel for the tank, it seems that the tank has sprung a leak.

In my healing approach I work with seven different "tanks," so to speak: the chakras. Each chakra governs certain areas of the body and particular qualities and characteristics, and each requires a different kind of "fuel" to function well. For example, the sacral chakra is fueled by play and pleasure; the solar plexus chakra by order and boundaries.

If you're feeling chronically exhausted, it's always a good idea to see a medical professional to identify or rule out any medical issues. If you've been tested and inspected and sent on your way without satisfactory solutions, like many clients I work with, then I invite you to take a look below and consider whether some areas of your life might need some tending. Let your intuition tell you which fuel you need most, and see if you can set aside some time to give it to yourself. Ideally we fill all seven tanks daily!

Our individual preferences, strengths, weaknesses, and traumas have a lot to do with whether we are inclined or able to satisfy all of these essential needs. Do some of the categories feel inaccessible or off-putting? There might be some emotional blocks or rigid beliefs getting in the way. Or if you find yourself thinking, "But I honor all of those parts of myself and still feel exhausted all the time," my guess is that one or more of your "tanks" is leaky or weak. A chakra assessment can be a great starting point for identifying the right "prescription" for balancing your energy. I invite you to get in touch so we can work together to recover your innate flow and vitality.

My monthly group healing sessions are also a great opportunity to learn more about your chakras and how to nourish and balance them. Learn more here!

Sacred Rest

Just recently I came across a medical doctor's research into the "chronic exhaustion crisis," and after looking closely at her findings I was struck by how much they align with this chakra-based perspective. According to Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, there are seven different types of "rest" that we need: physical, emotional, mental, social, creative, sensory, and spiritual. While she has a different overall framework, her categories correspond directly with the qualities of the chakra system. Fascinating! If the chakra framework feels a bit esoteric to you, perhaps Dr. Dalton-Smith's work will resonate. It's worth a look!

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