The Enlightened Solutions logo is entwined with many meanings. Starting at the center of our logo there are two koi fish; koi fish have a powerful, energetic and invigorating life force, demonstrated by their ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream – an energy that addicts need to find in themselves to overcome the adversity in their lives.
The koi are also positioned in a yin and yang format, symbolizing how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. These symbols provide a sense of balance. Also in the center are the initials ES, for Enlightened Solutions.
Around the outside, we have seven lotus flowers all positioned with petals intertwined and dots to represent people arm-in-arm in a circle. The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that provides the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The colors of all the petals are the seven chakra colors, and the chakra symbols are inside all of the outer circles.
Why do we incorporate chakras and what do they mean?
A chakra can be thought of as an “energy point” within the body. Chakra therapies have been used for thousands of years by the Chinese and Indian cultures to balance energy in the body. These seven chakras are:
- Your root chakra, which is where you find your center and balance. Healing exercises for the root chakra are central to the tailbone, or lowest point in the trunk of the body. This is where you cultivate security with finances, decisions, and independence from others. Red is the color of this chakra and should be fed with like colors. So if you think you need to open up your root chakra, then red fruits and veggies or meats should help you make this your body’s central focus. In recovery, we like to strengthen the root chakra because it means you can begin to build strength in your fight against addiction.
- The sacral chakra is located at the lowest point of your back, the sacrum. We look at the sacral chakra as one of the most important chakras in recovery, since this is the point that builds upon the previous balance and independence chakra. When the sacral chakra is open and fulfilled, we are more accepting of treatment and other experiences. The color used for the sacral chakra is orange, which can be found in fruits and vegetables to support the area. For people who feel stuck in their lives and need something more to learn about themselves and meet new people (to cultivate new healthy friendships), working on this chakra will allow you to interact freely. During your group recovery treatments, building these close friendships with others in treatment can help you stay on track.
- Your solar plexus chakra is right at the stomach or central abdominals. Many people say this is the area where they feel guilt and insecurity sit; in this area, self-confidence and self-esteem build, so if there’s a block or you haven’t tended to it then it becomes low. For those suffering from addiction, this is the area that needs love and focus. When you feel confident in your life, you’re more likely to be successful in making healthy changes and finding the strength to take better care of yourself. Yellow foods like banana, wheat, corn, lemons, and teas are supplements for this chakra.
- For most people, the heart chakra is their base, but it’s near the midpoint of your body to symbolize love, which comes after you’ve found your base of support, independence, and self-confidence. We bring love into our lives when we’re ready to give and receive it. Everything above and below the heart chakra is essential to finding joy and happiness in your life. In addition to the love we can offer and receive, in recovery we can find happiness in everything we learn and incorporate into our own lives. Peace is found here, so essentially the color to accompany it is green. Spend some time in nature and get your leafy greens in. Take part in our community gardening and sustainability practices to strengthen your heart chakra; these activities are love in practice.
- As we move up the body, we reach the throat chakra, which is where your ability to speak and communicate comes from. For many of our clients, this area is tight and constricted in so many ways; in recovery, we learn how to talk to our families and friends so they can understand what we go through and how they can help us or just listen. We teach you how to express yourself, by starting with every form of artistic communication that will eventually transfer to verbal communication.
- Most people have heard about the third eye chakra. It is a lot like it sounds, in that it allows you to look into the future and focus on what’s to come. Here we find our ability to reason, which in addiction is often blocked by addictive substances such as drugs and alcohol. The reasoning is skewed in addiction because we are conditioned, through our experience and need for these drugs, to think that our body cannot function without them. Once we reroute the way we think about these substances and refocus on the things that actually make our lives better, that’s when recovery begins to change our lives. Opening up our third eye chakra is essential to whole wellness. Creativity is accessed here as well, so to open up this chakra we look to things that are dark blue and indigo, such as berries and herbs.
- Our crown chakra is at the top of the head, which tops off our completeness as humans. When we are fulfilled spiritually, this means our crown chakra is in harmony with all other parts of our lives. Mindfulness exercises and mediation will help you open your crown chakra for a deeper connection with your treatment plan in recovery at Enlightened Solutions. While other chakras can benefit from healthy snacks of their color, the crown chakra is best nurtured with outdoorsy activities and your connection with nature.