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Dearest Readers,

By now we all know about the tragedy in Tulsa. I’ve blogged here about hopefulness. But make no mistake – anger is appropriate. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. How we handle it will transcend or regress us. Keeping our emotions bottled up is not the way.

Think of the Chakras as invisible rechargeable batteries within your body. They are a current running vertically like your spine (technically they are called meridians in our physical body). Your spine is the structure. Chakras are the wiring joining spiritual and physical energy to keep us balanced and living happy, fully manifested lives.

When Chakras become blocked the body’s complicated energy system doesn’t flow freely. An irregular or blocked flow can cause physical illness, discomfort or a feeling of being mentally, emotionally and physically out of balance. Ever had that feeling “I can’t explain it but I just don’t feel right?”

chakra-body-imageChakra 1 is our base. It’s function is concerned with being grounded to the earth and physical survival. This Chakra is associated with the legs, feet, bones, lar

ge intestine and adrenal glands. It controls the fight or flight response. Blockage may manifest as paranoia, fear, procrastination and defensiveness.

Chakra 2 is located between the base of our spine and navel. It correlates with the lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system, our reproductive organs and our glands. It also governs emotion. The 2nd Chakra represents desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation and creativity. Blockage can manifest in emotional problems and compulsive or obsessive tendencies.

Chakra 3 is located just above the navel in the solar plexus. It regulates the digestive system, muscles, pancreas and adrenal glands. It is the main stage for our emotions. Feelings of personal power and worth, laughter, joy and anger are associated here. Sensitivity, ambition and drive are governed by the 3rd glowing yellow Chakra. Blockage of this Chakra reemerges as anger, frustration, lack of direction and potentially a the feeling of being victimized.

Learning to recognize and release the sensations that are powered by the Chakras in our lower body is paramount. If the are suppressed they get jammed up. If they are not generating freely and openly – the gateway Chakra, that being Chakra 4, the heart center will be unable to transmit clearly. And the free flow of complete energy with our higher being Chakras – 5, 6, and 7 will not be nearly as effective in our quest for a balanced happy and fully manifested life.

Imagine having a top-of-the line Tesla. You are sitting in the luxurious seats, looking and the sleek instrumentation panel. But there is no source of electricity to power the car. All of a sudden it doesn’t matter how gorgeous it is. A 20-year-old beater that has had its tires replaced and rotated, oil changed and proper maintenance checks will win the race. Even if there is rust on the body and the paint doesn’t look so good any more.

I encourage you to express your anger productively. Write a poem. Cry with a friend. Talk with the men and boys in your life. Pray for change.  Do yoga.  Embrace the attitudes of hopefulness discussed in a prior blog. If we stop being sick and tired and totally angry, we’ll be letting down our guard before change manifests.

Anger and violence do not have to co-exist.

I am angry. I am sad. I am hurt. Communicating that is my only salvation and absolution. Take it to the hot room. Sweat your head off. Run until you just can’t move another muscle. Get so tired that you will sleep instead of laying in bed angry when you want to sleep. Hit your 26. Let your burning inferno be a pilates class at any one of our beautiful Bikram studios. The heat is on. It’s time to sweat.

Express yourself openly so that you are not junking up your beautiful Chakras. I leave you with eloquent words I came across on a FaceBook page;

“I’ve been really thinking about Terence Crutcher and about what to say about his murder. But honestly what can I say? What can you say when men in a helicopter classify a man, who seems to not be posing a threat, as a bad dude? Is he bad because he is black?Because he is black and large? Because he is black, large, and has his BACK TO POLICE? Why is he a bad dude? Do you know his character? Is there something you can see from above in the sky that the rest of us cannot see? What can you say when police leave a dying man on the side of the road like a dog for minutes before checking to see if he’s alive?

What can you say when the killing of black men by police officers seems to become common place? What can you say when a football player exercising his right to freedom of speech and expression refuses to stand for an anthem in a country he feels is not protecting those who look like him, and many get upset about him being disrespectful but don’t seem nearly as upset at the reason he refuses to stand?

What can you say when you have a black fiancé, a black father, grandfather, uncles, and cousins, who everyday have to live in this world and you wonder what may happen to them if they get pulled over? What can you say when you one day hope to bring black boys into this world, and you wonder will things still be the same? Will we have to teach them about this and what to do if they are ever stopped? Let me pause here to say, we will teach them…but why should we? Are white parents teaching their sons the same thing? If not, why? Is it because they don’t have to fear that their son could be next?

What can you say when men who you find sexy, intelligent, successful, providers, and more, could be the next victim because they LOOK LIKE A BAD DUDE? What more is there really to say?

My heart aches.” – J.C. Ward

I encourage you to do three things. 1. Be ANGRY – it is well warranted. 2. Use your anger as the fuel for healthy expression and as a catalyst for change. Everyone can do something. 3. Keep sweating.  

In an effort to celebrate LIFE, PEACE & HEALING.   Bikram Yoga Riverdale Park, Takoma Park and Ivy City locations will be opening their doors to EVERYONE this weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept 24 & 25!  ALL Bikram Yoga Classes are FREE and OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY! Bring someone with you and spread the word!

Thank you I welcome and look forward to your feedback


Be Sweetman

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