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The connection between mind, body, and spirit is an incredible thing. A broken leg, for instance, doesn’t just cause you pain and keep you off your feet for a few weeks. It can make you pretty depressed, sitting there in bed, looking out the window, wishing you were out there walking around. Likewise, emotional stress can cause the body to attack itself, making you physically feel the symptoms of an illness. Isn’t it strange how that works? Mind, body, and spirit: they are not three distinct systems that have to be taken care of individually. What affects one affects the others.
Our thoughts, emotions, and spirituality all combine to give us our identity. Influenced by our environment, the three aspects of ourselves combine to make us who we are. A person in emotional distress, without support, is going to have a harder time healing an injury to the body. Someone in spiritual turmoil will experience negative emotions that will seep out into their interactions with others. When everything is in harmony, life is like a spinning wheel with no beginning or end. But when something is amiss, that circle becomes a spiral.
Like the two ends of a line coming together to form a circle, everything is connected: the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual. The concept of the chakra allows us to visualize this. The word “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “circle,” and it describes one of the seven energy centers in the body. When we look at health through the lens of the chakra, we take into account not only physiological problems but psychological and spiritual issues, as well, as the three are all connected. It is well-documented that some physical ailments have psychological causes. This doesn’t mean that it’s “all in your head” or the illness is fake. It is simply your body telling you that something is wrong—something is blocked. And on the other hand, an ongoing physical ailment can put you into an emotional state that makes healing impossible. It’s all connected; it’s all part of that wheel. Thinking in terms of chakras allows us to approach our lives holistically.
Each of the seven chakras is associated with a color of the rainbow: seven chakras, seven colors. That’s why the pieces of our Chakra collection feature a suite of sapphires ranging from pink to purple. That’s right, sapphires aren’t only blue. They are a variety of mineral corundum and appear naturally in all of the colors of the rainbow. They are also a hard stone, perfect for everyday wear, and can bestow peace and clarity upon the wearer, perfect for someone looking for the spiritual strength to see themselves, the world, and their place in that holistic manner.
The symbol of the wheel gives us one tool to see everything as part of one thing. Associating each chakra with color gives us another useful metaphor: the color wheel. Where does the color wheel begin? What is the “first” color? If we think in terms of wavelength, of course, we can say that the spectrum of visible light goes from long-wavelength red to short-wavelength violet (or vice versa), but when we look at colors on a wheel, there is no beginning or end, only one unending continuum of color, only relationships between colors: complementary (colors opposite each other), analogous (colors next to each other). Relationships between colors can be balanced and harmonious, or they can clash.
The circle, and the colors of the rainbow, they are reminders of the cyclical nature of the universe and the interconnectedness of all things. Healing occurs when the mind, body, and spirit are in harmony. When we are balanced in our chakras, our energy is in alignment. Let the pieces of the Chakra collection be your talismans empowering you to care for yourself—your whole self—in simple ways, every day, whether it’s remembering to take a break and go outside, to stay hydrated, to schedule that physical, to put down the phone and go to bed a few minutes earlier. In short, let them be your reminder to live a life of balance.
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