This week we are celebrating Earth Day and are deeply affected whether we like it or not by the times and tides of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. This can be a very emotional time, a time for letting go and a time for welcoming in the new. This transition can and more than likely will last for several months. It may reignite on the next two Lunar Eclipses in 2013, May 25th & October 18th. In order to ride the emotional waves that may come our way, we need to ground ourselves and seek the base of support that only Mother Earth can give us. Seek refuge in this practice when emotions may run high for the rest of the year knowing that we can come back down to earth with this simple and powerful meditation and pranayama practice.
Muladhara is Sanskrit and translates to “base of support.” Anatomically it is located at the root of the body, the perineum, located between the anus and the genitals. Chakra is Sanskrit and translates to “wheel”, in this case being a wheel or vortex of energy. Thus the Muladhara Chakra is a wheel of energy located in the root of the body, the pelvic floor. Refining this practice can cause the untapped prana (energy) to release. We all have a dormant source of energy inside waiting to be unleashed, the Kundalini Shakti.
This is a very powerful practice when coupled with mudra, or hand gesture. I suggest you read through the practice first, as you can’t read the practice with your eyes closed. It is extremely simple and easy to commit to memory.
Come into a comfortable seated cross-legged position. Place your hands in Chinmaya Mudra, the hand gesture meaning “Gesture of Embodied Knowledge.” Obtain Chinmaya Mudra by curling your fingers into a fist with the thumbs outside. Then bring open the index fingers and touch the tips of the thumbs to the index fingers, forming a circle. Rest the hands palms down onto your thighs or knees.
Relax the shoulders back and down away from the ears while rooting your sit bones into the earth. Growing tall through the spine, draw the navel in and up. Close the eyes if you haven’t done so already and connect to the breath. This should not be anything controlled or forced; just become an observer to your natural breathing. Breathe in and out through the nostrils for several rounds of breath. Slowly start to deepen the breath on the inhale and the exhale. Quietly, softly, finding your own rhythm, your own pace begin at the bottom filling up the low abdomen, solar plexus, ribs and chest, then exhale releasing the energy down, chest, ribs, solar plexus, low abdomen. When you reach the bottom of the exhale, draw the navel to the spine ridding yourself of that last bit of stale air, expelling tension and stored emotion.
Bring your internal gaze to the third eye point. With your minds eye imagine a deep crimson ball of light. When you have this image then visualize the ball opening up into a beautiful red lotus flower. Draw this lotus flower down to the base of your body. With each inhalation, visualize the petals of the lotus unfolding, and with each exhalation, visualize the petals folding closed. With each inhale and exhale engage the Mula, opening and closing your lotus flower, connected deeply to the breath with the Mula engaged. Take several rounds of breath here and begin to add the mantra LAM to the exhalation, chant silently or aloud LAM from nine to 108 times, but always in denominations of nine.
Conclude by saying silently or aloud 3 times, I am always safe at the center of my being.
Keep your eyes closed and slowly release the hand gesture, take several natural breaths to integrate fully all the qualities you have evoked in the Muladhara Chakra.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes, take your time to return to the world outside with a greater sense of security.
This is a beautiful grounding practice you can always turn to in times of emotional turmoil. It will make you present, abundant, and fearless. You may add aromatherapy to enhance the effects of this practice. Scents that create security, stability, and grounding are cedar, sandalwood, and cinnamon. In addition, it is powerful to set an intention to a diety, Mother Earth (Gaia), Ganesha, Brahma, Shakti, whichever you are most drawn to. You may spend 5 minutes or 5 hours in this practice. Give it a go and let us know your experience.