What is Chakra Meditation
Chakra is a Sanskrit (a language in ancient India) word that means wheel, disk, or cycle.
In the context of meditation and spiritual healing, by extension, chakras are wheel-like energy centers or energy collection nodes in our bodies.
It is non-tangible but very connected to the physical and realistic world. The chakras verily govern our psychological capacities.
There are seven primary chakras in our bodies. The seven are positioned in on various parts of our bodies from the top of our heads to the lower tip of our spines. The top four govern our mentality and the lower three, our intuition.
So, chakra meditation is the specialized kind that incorporates the belief of interrelating the body, mind, and spirit as one with the ability to summon and transfer energy wheels throughout the entire body. The Chakra balancing meditation aims at “unblocking” the malfunctioning chakra.
The practice of chakra meditation maximizes the oozing energy to keep us functioning at our optimal.
The Benefits of Chakra Meditation
Chakra meditation gives us a sense of willpower because of the built-up strength from the core outward. It makes the mind tenacious to pursue the desired course. This kind of willpower is what helps beat addictions and substance abuse.
Chakra meditation makes you be in charge. It makes you be in control of your emotions and not the other way round. Chakra meditation makes you get to the root source of as to why you are feeling what you are feeling. Your judgment calls about many things in your life are more likely to be correct and effortless if regularly practice chakra meditation
Meditation expands your view of the world. It makes you look at the world from a different point of view. You will be more accommodative of other ideas.
Life always hits us hard and especially unexpectedly. Things like hurting comments from others, betrayals, and the loss of loved ones, to name but a few, can be torturous moments. Chakra healing meditation gives the ability to steer through and easily move on.
Weight Loss and Burning Fat
Meditation is a fat-burning exercise. It translates to weight loss. The actual process of meditation involving the mind in straining it on a specific object causes the burning of calories in our bodies. It translates to the loss of weight.
Lower Blood sugar and blood pressure levels
Meditation lowers both the blood sugar and pressure levels. The fine-tuning and refreshing effect on our souls calms our system to lower both the blood sugar and pressure levels
Good Health and Wellness
Chakra meditation goes a long way to boost our health and wellness. Our mental state being at it’s peak ensures keeps the psychological challenges at bay.
Compassion towards all
Chakra meditation makes you more in touch with your soul, which makes you have deeper care and love and concern for others (all living things).
In the long run, you become a more loving and caring person.
It is an Anti- Anxiety dose
Meditation is the antidote to the feeling of worry from the outside things and the happenings on the path of your life.
Puts a check on the Aging process
Do you want to be forever young? Chakra meditation slows down the aging process. The cumulative peace of mind and the flow of positive energy is good for your soul. It decelerates the release of the aging chemicals on the body.
Contentment and Acceptance
Being in touch with your soul will inspire you to accept and embrace yourself with less judgment over what used to be the source of your insecurities before. You are going to be confident of yourself when you stand in front of the mirror. From a psychological and physical standpoint.
What Are the 7 Main Chakras
There are seven main chakras in our body temples.
In ascending order, from the base of the spine, here is a detailed overview of each one of them
Root Chakra – (Muladhara)
This chakra is denoted with the color red. Its mantra is LAM.
The chakra’s location is at the base of the spine.
It governs the connection to the outer world. It is associated and affected by the fundamental needs of food, shelter, and stability.
Sacral Chakra – (Svadhisthana)
Sacral with the color orange. It has LAM as its mantra.
The location of the chakra is just below the navel. It governs the reproductive organs and imagination.
It is essential for exploring the world and also coping with new experiences.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
This chakra’s color code is yellow. Its mantra is RAM.
It is located just above the navel area.
It controls the digestive system.
It comes in handy to help one embrace experiences and guide help to understand your place in them.
The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Green is the colour that is used to represent it. The chakra’s mantra is YAM.
The chakra’s location is in the chest area, just on the breast-plate.
It governs the respiratory systems and blood pressure. It is important for an emotional connection with others.
Throat Chakra (Visshudha)
The throat chakra representation is the color blue. The corresponding mantra is HAM.
The chakra’s location is in the throat area.
The throat chakra governs communication and self-expression.
When unbalanced, it manifests itself in hormonal imbalances and infections.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
This chakra representation is the indigo color. Its mantra is SHAM.
The chakra’s location is in the temple area of the head(Between the eyebrows).
It governs insight and intuition. It heightens your awareness of the interconnected world around you.
Crown Chakra (Sahasra)
This is the last Chakra and represented by the colors purple or white. Its corresponding mantra is OM.
It governs peace/ wellbeing and confidence.
Identifying Blocked Chakras
It is very normal in our existence to encounter a chakra challenging situation. The result is the corresponding chakras malfunctioning. This is not always straight forward to know which ones are blocked and which ones are not. They manifest themselves in various ways; sometimes subtly and sometimes dominantly.
Let us have a look at the ways of identifying the blockage of the various chakras.
The root chakra is blocked when you experience fears, anxiety disorders, and nightmares.
It will manifest itself with problems in the elimination and the colon. Furthermore, problems with the bladder, lower back, and the feet and legs are all indicative of blocked root chakra.
When blocked, it will come out as a feeling of general emotional instability. You may also feel creatively uninspired. A heightened fear of change. Indulging in addictions vis à vis, the weighed down feel of depression is also an indicator of a blocked sacral chakra.
The consequence of a blocked sacral chakra may show in sexual dysfunctions.
Difficulty in making decisions is a sign of a blocked solar plexus chakra. The feeling of low self-esteem, anger issues, and procrastination are also others on the list.
Physically, it will manifest itself when one has digestive problems, tummy ache, and flatulence.
The feelings of jealousy, anger, fear of betrayal are all serious indicators of the blocked heart chakra. Grief and hate of others or even self are other signs of the heart chakra blockage.
When in a state of harboring a grudge, then know that you got a blocked heart chakra.
A blocked heart chakra robs of inner peace and the capacity to love.
A person with a blocked throat chakra is one who doesn’t speak their truth. They are more inclined to tell half-truths and lies. That way, they are more likely not be focused and thus not pay attention. They are in constant fear of being judged and the unknown.
It manifests itself physically through ailments like; sore throat, thyroid gland issues, shoulder and neck stiffness, and headaches.
Third Eye Chakras
This one also shows when you struggle to maintain focus and also struggling to remember things. When you don’t plan or set goals, it is also another indicator. It is also manifested by when you find yourself to be in denial and narrow-minded
You are more likely to find yourself in dismissive acts and more judgemental.
It manifests itself physically through bouts of dizziness, headaches.
Psychologically, a blocked third eye chakra manifests itself through anxiety, depression, and judgemental behaviors.
The crown chakra is blocked when there is a sense of emotional distress, isolation, and disconnection to people and events. Self-doubts and difficulty in learning are also signs of the blocked crown chakra.
How Do You Open Your Chakras
Who would not want to open their blocked chakras? Open chakras lead to inner peace. It causes the harmonization of instincts to unite with feelings allowing one to exude flowing love as a result. Whenever you realize that you got a blocked chakra then it is time to act on reopening it. An open chakra allows for the energy to spread back out and give a fulfilling life. Here is how to use guided chakra meditation to unblock each of the seven chakras.
Unblocking the Root Chakra
- To unblock this chakra, it needs one to be aware of his body movement. So walk or move around a bit.
- Feel the ground beneath you.
- Then sit down and cross your legs and have your shoulders back and your spine straight.
- Think about your chakra, what the chakra means and how it influences your daily life
- Gently chant “LAM”.
- Keep going until you are relaxed and clean.
- Imagine a closed red flower that opened by very powerful energy into four red petals to full bloom (energy)
- Contract the perineum while holding breathe and then release, severally.
Unblocking the Sacral Chakra
- Sit on your knees with your back straight and, ensure that you feel relaxed beneath you.
- Have your palms facing up with the right above the left and the thumbs touching
- Now concentrate on the sacral chakra and all that it represents and stands for.
- Gently chant “Vam” and let yourself relax
- Reflect on the sacral chakra and its meaning and how it can influence your life.
- SIt on your knees and bend your elbows
- Bring your hands together at the front of your belly
- Have your fingers join and pointing away from you to join at the tips.
- Cross your thumbs and straighten the fingers
- Now that you have achieved the pose, concentrate on the charm and what it stands for.
- Chant “RAM”
- Allow yourself to relax as you think about the chakra and its meaning.
- When you feel cleansed and relaxed, then you may get up and live.
Unblocking the heart chakra
- Sit cross-legged and connect index and thumb fingers
- Have your left hand on your left knee
- Have your right hand in front of your diaphragm
- Concentrate on the chakra and its location in your body and what it stands for
- Gently chant “YAM”.
- Relax reflecting on how the chakra can affect our life until you have clean feelings
- Sit on your knees
- Have your hands in front of your chest and throat
- Cross your fingers and except the thumb (insides)
- Have the thumb touch each other at the top
- Having achieved this rightful pose, chant “HAM”.
- Maintain this for at least 5 minutes
- Relaxed and cleansed, you can end the session.
Unlocking the Third Eye
- Sit cross-legged.
- Have your fingers straight and touching at the tips with the thumbs pointing towards you.
- Concentrate on the chakra and its location on the temple and the benefits
- Gently chant “OM’ Or “AUM”.
- Your third eye chakra is in unblocked state.
- Sit down cross-legged.
- Have your hands connected in front of your belly.
- The left hand should be underneath the right with the pinkies touching.
- With the pose achieved, focus on the crown chakra, its location on the body and its powerful benefits
- Chant “OM”
- Your crown chakra is unblocked
After going through several sessions, you will gradually begin to be more aware of the various chakras and their states. You will be quick to link how you feel to the relevant individual chakra.
With time, you will gravitate to effortlessly navigate to the misaligned or unbalanced chakra that you will meditate upon. You will realize that there are so many postures, breathing exercises, chants/mantras and gestures that will help augment and spice up your chakra meditation.
This Introduction to chakra meditation has hopefully enlightened you to inspire you te decide to make it a practice to be using meditation to steer you through the challenges of life.
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