Chakra Balancing on Nantucket Island
By Jamieson Haverkampf
Chakra Balancing on Nantucket Island
Balancing what? My chakras? Whatıs that? Seven chakras -- "invisible energy
centers" - make up your body according to Sonia Choquette, PhD, author of
True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit. "Here in the
West, we think of ourselves as solid bodies, but Eastern thinking correctly
perceives us being more ethereal. When Hindus visualize a human being, they
visualize our seven separate but interconnected centers of energy, each
maintaining a certain center of human well-being," suggests Dr.
So, if you feel whacked out and think your chakras need tuning up, pack your
bags and head to your favorite vacation spot.
My favorite abandon-all-emails-and-flee secret hideaway is nestled quietly
away off the coast of Long Island, New York. Nantucket, a small Massachusetts island filled daily with scenes from Norman Rockwell
paintings, hosts an old time cobblestone-strewn Main Street filled with seafood restaurants, antique stores, clothing boutiques and local artist
galleries. Grey-shingled summer homes with tucked away Garden-of-Eden backyards and
trellis-welcoming bed and breakfasts house nurtures natives and visitors alike. A virtual playground of relaxation and contentment. One
visit and I guarantee you will want to cash out your stock options and succumb to the simple life here. If these intoxicating sea-salt surroundings
arenıt enough to remove your blockage, try these custom-Nantucket suggestions based on Dr. Choquetteıs seven chakras.
First Chakra: Stand on Sturdy Ground
Massage and aromatherapy ground you. They bring you away from worldly thoughts and needs and back in tune with your true self. These treatments
establish new strength and balance to recenter you and your life. Relinquish
lifeıs ground-breaking stresses at one of Nantucketıs best spas: Tresses &
the Day Spa (http://www.nantucketspa.com
or 800-540-0524). Surrender your city life headaches to a luxurious and scintillating
aromatherapy massage ($85).
If your personal foundation is really shaky, go for the day-long Indulging
Interlude ($349). Escape completely with this day-long frivolous-yet-needed
treatment that includes facial, massage, steam bath, lunch, manicure/pedicure, body wrap and makeup.
Second: Rejuvenate Your Joy and Passion for Life
Grab some fresh juice and a delectable and slightly-sinful treat from the
Nantucket Bake Shop at 79 Orange Street (http://www.nantucketbakeshop.com
or 800-440-BAKE- open 6:30am -5pm) and cruise on over to a sturdy bench on
Main Street. Take a moment to turn off your brain and take in whatıs going
on around you - children giggling, cobblestones bouncing cars all around
Main street, college students going to their dinner wait shift and the
community feeling of a small town existence. Be open to whatever comes into
your mind and just relax and enjoy taking in the vitality and energy of life
here. If that doesnıt get your engine chugging, take a walk around town and
pop into the numerous art galleries, go dancing at Rose and Crown (23 South
Water Street), take in a play at Actors Theater of Nantucket (508-228-6325)
or sign up for an art class at The Artist Association on Nantucket
(508-325-5251 / http://www.nantucketarts.org). Seeing other peopleıs life energy
fills us all with hope and inspiration.
Third Chakra: Get Your Inner Power Back
Rebuild you own source of power. Remember what wakes you up and make you
feel alive. Protect those things that generate strong personal power in your
life. Without them you feel drained and tapped out. Set Boundaries. Take
time for yourself, determine vacation priorities and stick to it. Donıt let
family, spouse or friends intrude on your own personal time. Itıs ok to say
no. Take yourself on your own adventure everyday away from your tripmates.
Grab a book at Nantucket Bookworks (25 Broad Street / 508-228-4000) by your
favorite author or any book that will empower you and your spirit. You'll be
flexing new brawn in no time!
Fourth: Open Up Your Heart
Take a long bike ride out to cozy Siasconset. Appreciate the ability to spend some time in nature. Surprise someone in front of you in line at
Sconset Cafe (Post Office Square) by paying for their lunch. Grab your mid-day vittles and eat around the corner from the Cafe on the beach. Hug a
friend, spouse or child for pure pleasure. Pick up a few postcards at the
grocery store and send them to friends or relatives just to say hi. Smile at
everyone you pass by -- even strangers. You might brighten someone's difficult day. Buy fresh roses for your room. Send an anonymous donation
check (any amount large or small will work!) to Big Brothers / Big Sisters of
Nantucket (PMB 66, 2 Greglen Avenue, Nantucket, MA 02254). Give even a little of yourself in whatever way you can and you will receive it back ten
Fifth Chakra: Express Yourself
Get out your wide brimmed hat, cooler packed with snacks and drinks and head
out to rejuvenating Jetties Beach - an easy walk from town. Bring your favorite journal and a
"fun to write with" pen. Rent a lounge chair or spread out a big beach-size towel, slide on your sunglasses and relax into
yourself. Give yourself this time. Itıs ok. You deserve this time alone to
think and open up your mind. Let your pen wander and just write about whatever comes to mind. Write. Donıt think too
You must physically write to get yourself going. You might surprise yourself in what surfaces to
the page but no matter. Let it go. Suppressed feelings from the outside world stir up within us but here on the page there is security in complete
surrender. You might find a part of yourself trying to come out that you had
forgotten. Let it out. With feet sinking into therapeutic sands, your mindıs
stresses will ease with the unleashing of a new expression of your true self. Enjoy it.
Sixth Chakra: Let Your Inner Child Sing
Collect things that catch your eye and soothe you or evoke thought -
seashells, art gallery postcards, greeting cards, newspaper clippings or dried flowers
- whatever makes your heart sing and interests you. Try any of the stores on Main Street or Petticoat Row. Keep all these
things together. At the end of your trip when you return home (or before if
you have time), create a collage for a cover of your new dream/crazy idea
diary. Keep this beside your bed. When you have a strange dream in the morning or the middle of the night write it down. If you have bizarre or
funny thoughts during the day, scribble them on a napkin and then add it
later. Have fun with it. Itıs your small place in the world to dream, imagine and let your intuitive and subconscious surface. Let yourself speak
from your strong inner wisdom. Let go.
Seventh Chakra: Connection to A Higher Power
Now that youıve attempted to balance all your various parts, itıs time to
surrender yourself to the universe and or a Higher Power. Inspiring as well
as bringing you a stronger sense of community, going to church will fill
your spirit with new hope. Tourists and natives alike leave their current
lives at the door to become one with each other and take in the calming
effects of renewed faith. Each of the following Nantucket churches are an
easy walk from town: Nantucket United Methodist Church (2 Center Street;
services Sundays at 10am), St. Maryıs Our Lady of the Isle (6 Orange Street; mass 7:30am M-F, Sat 5pm, Sun 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am ) and First
Congregational Church (62 Center Street; services Sunday at 8am,9am and 10:15am.) No matter what you believe, the presence of community and
grandness within any church will humble you and evoke curiosity in lifeıs
Whether you believe in chakras or not, taking the time to nurture and balance your male and female energies and innate human desires brings you
calmness in your daily life. Energies that are focused, balanced and nurtured will create internal peace. Vacations are not only luxuries of our
insane working lifestyle but necessities for living a balanced life.
Best time to hit the beach: late June- early October or a cozy Christmas
Stroll in December. Make sure to bring a sweater in case of a nighttime chill! Make your reservations early. Summer is peak season and rooms fill up
months and sometimes even a year in advance for the most popular places.
All all information on Nantucket including airlines, ferry schedules and
bike rentals and more go to http://www.nantucket.net
For more Chakra balancing, read True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for
Renewing Your Spirit ($18) by Sonia Choquette, PH.D.
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