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A Moment for Meditation

September, 2015

The 3rd Chakra

As I mentioned previously, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:

**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.**

*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*

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(Photo from www.chakra-anatomy.com)

The Third Chakra is also called the Solar Plexus Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Manipura, which means *Lustrous Gem”. It is located at the navel center. This chakra gathers the energy from the lower triangle of first three chakras to the upper chakras, which we will be learning about in future columns.

The color of this chakra is yellow, it’s element is Fire and it is considered a “masculine” chakra.

The Third Chakra is responsible for your ability to act, accomplish and achieve.

It is your source of energy, helps to turn negatives into positives and ignites your power, both internal and external.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel competent, confident and balanced. You are sure of your sense of self, who you are. You will feel connected, open to opinions. You will have good digestion, feeling healthy, energetic, powerful and in complete control of your life.

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Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you will feel a sense of powerlessness. You will feel angry and full of rage. You are withdrawn, cold and indecisive. You feel judgmental toward others with a sense of moral superiority and a need to control and manipulate others.

Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen your solar plexus chakra are spinal twists and alternate leg lifts. I would also suggest Camel Pose and Stretch Pose.

Camel Pose – Photo from yogasphere.net

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Stretch Pose – Photo from libraryofteachings.com

For this chakra, you can do the following breath meditation:

**Sit in easy pose (or comfortably in a straight chair, feet on floor), Focus your eyes on the tip of your nose. Focus on your breath, feel it going in and out, nice and easy. Quiet your mind. As you inhale, visualize a bright yellow light entering your solar plexus area, filling you up and nourishing you with it’s radiant golden healing energy, infusing your entire body, mind and spirit. As you exhale, feel its’ warmth surrounding you.**

After the meditation, lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes or alternately, sit quietly with a relaxed breath. Stretch your arms up toward to ceiling several times before moving.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com

Until next month, when we continue with the Fourth Chakra, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

Blessings

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April, 2013

Affirmation Breathing

 

A simple meditation technique that can help you to easily shift your mood, release stress, and even trance out is what I like to call “affirmation breathing.”

 

This is an intuitive technique.  Breathe as deeply or shallowly, quickly or slowly, loudly or softly, forcefully or gently as you feel moved to.

 

With each inhale, bring something into yourself with an affirmative thought, such as “With Love.”  With each exhale, release or banish something with another affirmative thought, which could be as simple as, “I release.”

 

Use your powers of imagination to make this meditation more powerful.  What does breathing in love look like, feel like, smell like, taste like, sound like?  You might see yourself sitting in a beam of white light, inhaling a pink mist that feels like joy and warm fuzzies, smells of honeysuckle and tastes like chocolate and sounds like waves breaking on shore.

 

The pink mist of Love could saturate your cells, pulling up stress, hurts, fears, and stuck energy like a microfiber towel picking up dust, leaving your body on a relieved sigh.

 

The key in this meditative technique is repetition.  If you are worried about time, set a timer for five or ten minutes so you don’t have to keep count, and let yourself really get into the rhythm of it.

 

Maybe you don’t need to relax, but you need more energy.  In this case, you’d want to breathe quickly and forcefully and think “I am Powerful.  I am Radiant.  I feel Joyous.  I feel energized!”

 

Make your affirmations as simple or as complex as you need them to be, but keep them 100% positive.  Avoid the word “no,” and any words that describe qualities or nouns that you don’t like.  For example, if you meditate like this chanting, “No more fear,” what you are repeating over and over to yourself is “fear.”  Instead, you could chant, “I am strong.  I am safe.  I am protected.  I feel brave.”  Another positive chant for banishing fear could be “I Trust; I Let Go.”

 

You can use this technique anywhere: while pumping gas, going potty, eating, walking, sitting at a red light, standing in line, waiting on hold.

 

The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to manage your own mood and energy level, and the more quickly you’ll be able to change your life.

 

Namaste.