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Category Archives: Meditation
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As we move into August and move up our chakra ladder, we can finally celebrate and embrace all matters of the heart. Yes, that’s right the 4th chakra (and most beloved) is our heart chakra, known in Sanskrit as Anahata. The element for this chakra is air and the color is green. It’s purpose and focus is love, balance, self-acceptance, relationship, devotion and compassion. The demon associated with the heart-center is grief and the associated emotional deficiency that may arise from blockages are judgement, depression, fear of intimacy, lack of empathy, and loneliness. Just as the old adage goes – treat others as one would like others to treat oneself – this golden rule aligns perfectly with the the foundation of this chakra – the treatment to others and oneself is found in the ability and basic right to love.
According to the Veda’s love can always be found at the exact moment (and maintained) when consciousness expands. So for today’s meditation practice we’ll practice love without agenda. As we sit down and settle into our meditation creating time and space for our consciousness to expand we’ll feel, experience and give our love away with each inhale and exhale. To begin start by visualizing a bright green light radiating from the center of your chest. If this comes easily to you then start to bring this light into the shape of a heart. Once your awareness settles on the green glow begin to introduce the corresponding verb to this chakra “LOVE”. As you inhale silently say to yourself “I” and with each exhale “love”. For the remainder of your meditation repeat this mantra 12 times (the number of lotus petals associated with anahata is 12) and with each repetition don’t be shy to bring in a person, place, or thing that comes to mind – the very first thing that comes to mind. Not focusing on someone or something that you typically express love to daily but anything in general, what we’re trying to practice is love without agenda. Be open and natural as you practice and remember it’s ok, actually better than ok, to say “I love me”. Once you’ve completed your 12 breaths refocus your attention on your green heart glow, stay here with smooth inhales and exhales for 10-15 minutes.
For the month of July we’re highlighting the 3rd charkra, Manipura, which translates to “lustrous gem” in Sanskrit. This chakra is a vibrant lemon yellow located in our navel/solar plexus. It’s element is fire and function associated with this chakra is will, power, and assertiveness. The inner states and feelings paired with Manipura are joy, laughter, anger and ego. Physical malfunctions typically linked to a weak 3rd chakra are; ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia and digestive disorders.
This firey chakra is the seat of our self-esteem, ego, and will power. The will relates to our ability to do and see tasks through, especially when it comes to fulfilling personal desires, which we addressed last month with the sacral chakra, Svadhisthana. Manipura is considered the center of dynamism, energy, will power and achievement, which radiates prana (life force) throughout the entire body. It is associated with the power of fire and digestion, as well as with the sense of sight and the action of movement. It’s that uber optimistic voice and personal cheerleader in you that says “You got this. Let’s do it!”.
For today’s meditation we’re going to focus on the corresponding verb of this chakra: “I can”. Motivational speaker John Bradshaw states “the human will is intensity of desire raised to the level of action” and we couldn’t agree more with this statement. It’s like being gifted all the materials to build your dream home and all that’s required of you is the ability to believe in your self and a hard days work to see your vision come to fruition.
So before we begin our mediation take a few minutes to write and journal about what you would like to bring into your life – perhaps a life long dream of running a marathon or maybe learning to salsa. Whatever it the desire may be write it down. When you’ve committed to this desire begin to write down any associated fears you may have that prevent you from actively pursuing it. From here turn some of the associated fears into positive affirmations and when you’ve written a positive statement for each fear find your comfortable seat. For this meditation practice start by envisioning a bright yellow sphere emanating from your solar plexus. Once your internal vision has locked it’s gaze on this blazing sphere begin to draw your internal gaze upward, imagine your prana moving up toward your third eye. Let it settle here and then take a few deep breaths as you visualize yourself taking action and fully participating in your desire. Continue to take deep inhales and exhales throughout your visualization. After a few minutes begin to release your internal gaze/vision and then with each inhale repeat to yourself “I” and with each exhale “can”. Repeat for 10 breaths.
Take note to how you feel when your meditation practice is complete. It may foster a sense of joy, excitement, and enthusiasm to not only take on your personal desires but may also leave you feeling like anything and everything is possible.
Chakra Source: Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith
Happy Summer! Today marks the longest day of the year and there’s no better day to celebrate light than today, which means there’s no better day to take joy and pleasure in this light than to get outdoors to bathe yourself in the day’s abundance of light. I totally recommend you try taking today’s mediation practice outdoors!
Summer Solstice Meditation
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax.
At this time of greatest light, we meditate on light as a symbol of spiritual energy. Breathe now gently and deeply and with each breath become aware of the light that surrounds you and the light that is within you — the light that is the energy of Our Great Mother.
The light can be any color. It is often imagined as white — like bright sunlight. But it can be any color, any intensity that is best for you. Blue, green, yellow, purple, rose; we know that light can also be black. The light may stay the same color for you during this meditation or it may change from color to color, or become a blend of many colors.
See the light now in your mind’s eye. This light is all around us, we are bathed in its brightness, energy, and warmth.
Focus on the light until you sense that you and the light are one. This will be your signal that you can now bring the light inside you.
When you bring the light inside you, one-way is to let it stream in through your crown chakra at the top of your head. The light — this healing energy — flows through you now, from your crown, down to your third eye (between your eyebrows) to your throat, your shoulders and your arms, and your hands, to your heart, your stomach, shining brightly at your solar plexus just above your navel, to your sex organs, shining too at your tailbone. The healing light travels down through your legs, your knees, your ankles and your feet. Feel the warmth of this healing energy now as it travels all through your body.
Now sense the one part of your body where the light can shine the brightest and imagine the light there. See it shine.
Now take from this light the energy that you need, and know that there is plenty for all. For the Source of this light is endless and ever abundant. Take a moment to experience Her abundance, and know that as you partake of Her light and Her love, so do you give your light and your love. And as you give energy, so do you receive it. And thus does the circle of life continue.
From She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, by Judith Laura.
Its element being water, it represents your connection to your emotions and creative impulses. The color of the chakra is orange and the lotus flower symbolic of the chakra has six petals.
A blocked or unbalanced second chakra could lead to an inability to experience life’s sweetness or to hedonism. Both have negative consequences. And as we seek to live a honest, full-filling and balanced life according to personal pleasure and desires its important to turn to our emotions. While it is important to be in touch with your feelings, you are not your feelings, so an excessive attachment to them also turns counter-productive.
Feelings, like thoughts, are events that arise and fall within us, but they are not us. They simply do not define us. The whole purpose of meditation is to rise above our incorrect identification with our thoughts and feelings.
But, the intensity of strong emotions can be quite addictive. And hard to let go in spite of best intentions. Just like anything that’s good for us and adds well-being to our day-to-day lives will take a good deal of practice. With a consistent meditation practice we can begin to unblock our second chakra.
The following second chakra meditations will help you activate and balance your sacral chakra leaving you to pursue your deepest and most lively passions.
Awaken the Swadhishthana Chakra
- Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
- Visualize an orange spinning chakra in the lower abdomen below the navel
- Imagine a circle of orange light emanating from your chakra and spreading to the rest of your body in wave like ripples
- Feel a sense of warmth enveloping the whole body, starting with the genital area and then radiating out
- Keep meditating on these ‘waves of warmth’ and allow yourself to let go and flow like water
- Keep your attention on your sacral area you may begin to feel pulse-like vibrations – welcome this energy into the body and see if you can direct this pulse up and down your spine.
- Do it for 20-30 minutes
The seed sound or mantra of the Water element is VAM (pronounced as hum). Chanting this mantra helps activate the chakra.
- Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
- Close your eyes and bring your awareness inward.
- Start to deepen your breath and with each inhale silently say VAM
- Hold your inhale at the top and then release for an exhale.
- Repeat for a few rounds and start to notice where you feel vibrations in your body as you say this seed mantra to yourself.
- Meditate for 20-30 minutes
Originally written and sourced from Do Meditation.
Photo: Bethwyn Mills