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A Moment for Meditation

August 1st, 2015

The 2nd Chakra

After taking a break from the chakras last month to discuss healing meditations, I return to the chakras with the 2nd 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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The Second Chakra is also called the Sacral Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Svadisthana, which means One’s Own Place. It is located at the genitals/womb. Physically, it deals with ovaries, testicles, bladder, genitals, womb.

The color of this chakra is orange, it’s element is Water and it is considered a “feminine” chakra.

The Second Chakra is your dwelling place of self, it is a sweetness of feeling. It is associated with your sexuality, emotions, and intimacy. This chakra is all about your connection to other living beings and your creativity.

This chakra is responsible for how your bond with others; your connection to everyone around you.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel strong, secure and confident within yourself. You are able to love and accept yourself just as you are. You find satisfaction with your life; you are joyful and happy. You interact well with others. You believe in yourself generally; and in your sexual self, specifically. You may have a nurturing and healing effect on others. Your creativity knows no bounds, as this chakra is about ALL creativity, not just the creation of life.

Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you may feel anxious and restless. You feel shame and rejection from yourself, and feel that you also are rejected by others. You may feel anger toward the opposite sex and have some type of compulsive sexual behavior. You may find yourself ashamed of your own body, or feeling that any type of intimacy is wrong or evil.

Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen your sacral chakra are: leg raises and stretches, pelvic circles, pelvic tilts. You can also do abdominal breathing:

Lie down on your back, and place your hands on your abdomen with thumbs and forefingers touching; women should place fingers and palms over the ovaries. Thumbs are below the navel. Breathe long and deep. On the inhale, the breath should push the abdomen up against your hands. On the exhale, the abdomen gently goes down, as do the hands.

This opens up your sexual and creative energy; you will feel both relaxed

and energized.

This is a breathing meditation that you can do for your second chakra:

**Sit in easy pose (cross-legged) or in a straight backed chair, keeping spine straight. Inhale through the nose, for a count of five, focusing your awareness at the sacral area. Visualize an orange light entering through your feet. As you exhale in one breath, for a count of five, visualize that orange light radiating from the feet to the sacral area and then into your aura. As you deepen your concentration, try and “feel” the chakra. Do you feel heat, or vibration?

After the meditation, lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes. Sit up, stretch your arms up to the ceiling with deep inhales and exhales.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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

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Balance is tenuous, it is delicate and hard to maintain.  The hustle and bustle of our daily lives often pushes us out of harmony with those around us and our spirituality.  So, how do we pull everything back into alignment?

I find the best lessons always present themselves when we need them and are ready to truly listen. I recently went to the Botanical Gardens here in St. Louis with a couple of friends. While we were enjoying the morning, taking photos, and discussing a variety of topics my friend related to me the story of the Japanese garden and how it was laid out.  Everything had been done in a precise manner, being mindful of the areas that were open, those that were closed, and those that focused on a particular area.

I had never taken the time to appreciate the layout before, just maneuvering through my previous visits and noting the plants and moving on.  However, I took the time to hear her words, and pay particular attention to the landscape around me.  The most striking aspect was the three standing stones in the lake.  As we started the walk through the garden they were three distinct pillars.  Through the journey they merged and seemed to become one as they jutted out of the water, and then as you emerged from the garden they again separated. The standing stones there mirror to me the way we all come into and out of balance.  The moments of complete alignment are sometimes brief and intense or they can linger, but always it is a cycle.

For this meditation it would be better to be outside if possible.  Lie in the grass and close your eyes, feel the earth beneath you and let your troubles melt into the ground.  Take a deep breath and let it slowly out relaxing into the earth a little more with each breath.

See in your mind’s eye a series of standing stones.  You see them arranged in a cluster in the distance and you’re mindful that you need to be in alignment with them.  In doing so you’ll pull yourself into balance with the mental, physical, and spiritual realms.  Be aware of the path you take as you try to pull them into alignment.  Which direction did you go; did you move closer or farther away?

As they start to merge into a singular monument in your line of site notice how you feel.  Do you feel balanced, grounded, centered?  Stay in this position and take note of what it would take to pull this into your everyday life.  When you move on know that you are not out of sync now, but merely continuing on your journey.  The balance and centering you experienced is within you always.  Be mindful of your surroundings and how you treat those around you.  If you do those things, you will always be in alignment with your highest good.

A Moment For Self-Love

When was the last time you did something romantic…for yourself?

 

Have you ever bought yourself a love gift – chocolate, flowers, jewelry, or something so special only someone who knew you intimately would think to surprise you with it?

 

How intimate are you with yourself?  Do you ever engage yourself in long conversations, perhaps in a journal, or take yourself out on dates?

 

Whether you are single or married to the best partner in the world, you need to nurture your relationship with yourself.  Acting and speaking in a loving manner to yourself heals you, rejuvenates you, and helps you to grow as a spiritual being.

 

This month’s meditation will help you to nourish yourself from the inside out, and figure out what the self-lover inside you needs to thrive.

 

Begin by taking three cleansing, focusing breaths.

 

Imagine you are inside a vibrant red bubble.  Take in three slow deep breaths, pulling that vibrant red energy into your body, all the way down to the apex of your thighs to nourish your root chakra.  Feel your root chakra accept that nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your root chakra’s gratitude as the red bubble shifts into a bubble of fiery orange.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that fiery orange energy into your body, all the way down to the area behind your belly button to nourish your sacral chakra.  Feel your sacral chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your sacral chakra’s gratitude as the orange bubble shifts into a bubble of sunny yellow.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that sunny yellow energy into your body, all the way down to the area just beneath your rib cage to nourish your solar plexus chakra.  Feel your solar plexus chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your solar plexus chakra’s gratitude as the yellow bubble shifts into a bubble of verdant green.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that verdant green energy into your body, all the way down to the center of your chest to nourish your heart chakra.  Feel your heart chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your heart chakra’s gratitude as the green bubble shifts into a bubble of sky blue.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that sky blue energy into your body, into your throat to nourish your throat chakra.  Feel your throat chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your throat chakra’s gratitude as the blue bubble shifts into a bubble of deep indigo.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that deep indigo energy into your body, up to the area behind your eyes to nourish your third eye chakra.  Feel your third eye chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your third eye chakra’s gratitude as the indigo bubble shifts into a bubble of golden white.

 

Take in three slow, deep breaths, pulling that golden white energy into your body, all the way up to the crown of your head to nourish your crown chakra.  Feel your crown chakra accept this nourishing energy, growing brighter, stronger, healthier.  Feel your crown chakra’s gratitude as the golden bubble expands to fill the entire room and then shifts into a huge bubble of pretty pink.

 

The pink bubble is your self-love chakra, which lives inside the green chakra of your heart.  Here in this bubble of pink, you are breathing in unconditional love and acceptance.  With every breath you nourish your entire being, every molecule of your soul with pure Divine love.  Bask in this love for as long as you choose.

 

When you are ready, think about your deepest, most cherished desires.  What can you do for yourself today to nourish the Divine spark within you?  What can you give to yourself this month to celebrate YOU?

 

When you are ready, allow the pink bubble to shrink slowly until it once again fits inside your green heart chakra, safe inside your center.  Go to sleep now if you can, or if you must get up, take three grounding, revitalizing breaths.  Stretch your limbs and move your body.  Open your eyes, and give yourself a hug.

 

Welcome home.

The 1st Chakra

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In last month’s column, I briefly reviewed the major chakras (energy centers) in our bodies. This month, I will start a more in-depth discussion of each one, starting with the first Chakra.

As I mentioned last month, 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*

The First Chakra is also called the Root Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Muladhara, which means Root. It is located at the base of the spine. Physically, it deals with elimination and the large intestines.

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

The First Chakra is your foundation, literally, your roots, supporting you as a tree’s roots support it. The First Chakra is all about connection — your connection to Mother Earth, your connection to yourself and your connection to others and the physical world that surrounds you.

This chakra is responsible for your survival, your need to feel safe and secure; having your basic physical needs met.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel as if you have a place in the world; you belong. You will feel at home and connected to those around you, able to trust them. You will feel secure and empty of irrational fears. You will be calm, able to relax, to be at peace with you and your body.

Conversely, if you it is unbalanced, you will feel isolated and abandoned. You will feel unable to trust those around you; you will feel alone, insecure and fearful. A feeling of disconnection to everything and everyone around you will be present.

As this is the first of the eight chakras, it is very important that it not be blocked, that it be open and balanced. Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen it, is to do what is called a Root Lock, which is just, simply, locking your root, squeezing the sphincter and releasing it several times. Any squatting exercise , as well as any that flex the spine, as a pelvic tilt, will also help.

This is a breathing exercise that you can do for your first chakra

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**Inhale through the nose, focusing your awareness at the base of your spine. Visualize a bright red light surrounding that area. Exhale in one breath, through the nose, feeling that radiant light filling your body. Inhale that energy; exhale, feeling alive, peaceful and calm.** Do this for several minutes.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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

Blessings…

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