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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.
We’ve waited all year for this moment to arrive and finally summer has arrived! It’s the season of endless days, warm nights, laughter among friends, summer romance, beach days, boat trips, camping holidays and just good ol’ fashion summer play.
While doing a little research for one really amazing quote to inspire a vibrant and fruitful summer we came across a few that were too good or fun to pass up. So go ahead and indulge yourself with these summer quotes.
“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
“A life without love is like a year without summer.”
~ Swedish Proverb
“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”
~ Bern Williams
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
~ Sam Keen
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”
~ Celia Thaxter
“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”
~ Wallace Stevens
Photo: The Daily Andy
Second chakra meditation pertains to your passion chakra. The sacral chakra, or swadhishthana chakra, is the ‘dwelling place of the self’ and is filled with flowing, moving energy.
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
Once known as Decoration Day, because tombstones were decorated with flags and flowers, Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and gratitude for those who have died serving our country in the armed forces, beginning with the Civil War and today in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe. Many of these women and men did not choose to fight, and came to military service with grave reservations, but they nevertheless obeyed our leaders’ decisions and fought on our behalf. Memorial Day is not a glorification of violence – and it is not a denial of the spiritual quest for global peace – but a time to remember and give thanks.
Regardless of our feelings about a particular war or military service in general, Memorial Day invites us to remember the sacrifices of others and the intricate interdependence of life. Memorial Day also observed as the celebratory unofficial kick-off to summer and the first of many summer BBQs be sure to take time during the weekend to honor the lives of friends, family, loved-ones and strangers around the country who have lost their lives with the below mantra.
Sat Siri Akal
In a comfortable seated pose begin your meditation with a few deep inhales and exhales. Once you mind becomes still begin to invite “Sat Siri Akal” into your breath. This mantra is quite beautiful and powerful as it speaks to the undying, eternal nature of our souls while honoring the physical loss of our loved ones. When we are grounded in the knowledge that the soul lives on we can feel peace for ourselves and our departed loved ones.
Sat siree siree akaal, siree akaal mahaa akaal,
Mahaa akaal, sat naam, akaal moorat, wahay guroo
The True Great, Great Deathless, Great Deathless beyond Death, Beyond Death, Truth is His name, Deathless form of God, Experience of the Divine
Mantra Source: Spirit Voyage
In honor of spring and the birth of a new season let’s take a moment to cultivate a new sense of self, transformation and soul-awakening. Just as mother nature nurses growth and re-birth around us, we too can foster a new beginning.
Om Namah Shivaya
This well-known mantra of the ancient Hindu tradition quite common and a powerful mantra for self transformation. As we repeat this mantra we call on Lord Shiva and our consciousness to free us from a constant tug and duality of our energetic beings and the three gunas – sattva, rajas and tamas. Repeating this mantra during mediation can help us become more clear of our internal truth and the truth that exists around us, ultimately inviting a new awakening.
Start in a comfortable position, where you can remain quiet and still for a sufficient period of time, perhaps 20-30 minutes. Then, with your eyes closed, start to deepen your breath and invite a well-intentioned inhales and exhales. You can do this by bringing your awareness to the expansion of your belly on your inhales and then feel your belly sink down and in toward your spine on your exhales. Take 10-20 rounds of deep belly breathing like this and once your mind is quiet and body is soft very slowly and silently repeat the mantra to yourself several times, matching the flow of your breathing to the rhythmic phrasing of the mantra, until you’re in your desired meditative state. Once you’ve reached the state in which you wish to dwell, you can either continue repeating the mantra at your own pace, or transition back to your deep belly breathing.
As you move through your day come back to this mantra a few times and say it silently to yourself. Start to notice any subtle changes with your mood, mental state as well as body language and don’t be surprised if any ‘ah-ha’ moments pop up. It’s these delicious heart-opening moments that we seek and strive for throughout our day thus creating a deep connection to your internal truth and the truth and beauty that surrounds you.
Mantra from Spiritual Wisdom And Bhajans
We can open and clear the heart chakra with a simple meditation practice using the Sanskrit mantra yum – the healing sound that resonates with the heart center.
Begin by closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. As best you can, let go of any thoughts about the past and any expectations. Put your attention on the area of your heart and take another deep inhalation. As you exhale, say or chant the mantra yum in one long syllable.
Feel the sensations in your body and feel the energy flowing effortlessly from the base of your spine through your heart chakra. Visualize the energy as a beautiful green light that nurtures and bathes your heart in pure love, clearing away the residue of the past.
Repeat the mantra yum until you feel infused with a feeling of peace, joy and love.
Post and guided meditation from The Copra Center Newsletter.