Chakras are considered to be centers of energy and are located in select spots on the mid-line of our torso. Together, they make up our chakra system. When this system is in balance, the energy from all 7 of our main chakras flow freely. When one or more chakras are out of balance, the system cannot function correctly causing some chakras to be overactive or under active. This can lead to a serious of ailments; mental, physical and emotional.
While there are other ways to balance your chakras, this article will focus on how meditation can balance and heal them.
Why Choose Meditation to Balance Chakras
Meditation is known to be a mental access point into the chakra(s) of your choice. It is used to target blocked or unbalanced chakras and to balance them out to create a consistent flow of energy. When our chakras are balanced, you may get a sense of enlightenment and feel a sense of wholeness. This can be achieved through a process of self-remembrance, re-collection and re-union.
Before Chakra Meditation
Before you begin meditating, think of the reason of why you want to meditate. If you’re reading this article, you have already done this step by choosing to meditate to balance your chakras. But there may be other reasons on why you may want to meditate. So keep them in mind.
Find a Quiet Place to Meditate
Finding a quiet place to meditate is very important, especially if this is your first-time meditating. You want to stay in your meditative state for the duration you have chosen to get the full benefits of the meditation. Distractions such as a tv playing in the background, your cell phone going off, people talking loudly in the background, or street noises can easily break your concentration.
If you live with people, ask them to be quiet during your meditation. Close all doors and windows to help you stay in a quiet space. Be sure to turn off all electronics such as your phone or television to ensure you will be able to concentrate on your meditation. If you are a little hungry, eat a light snack before beginning. Also, be sure to go to the restroom before you begin your chakra meditation as well.
There are several things you can use during your meditation process. Items such as healing stones or crystals can aid in balancing your chakras. You can chant mantras and use mudras which are hand positions to help you stay focused. Spraying meditation sprays before you begin, lighting an incense, burning a candle, or warming a wax cube are forms of aromatherapy that can also aid you in healing and balancing your chakras during your chakra meditation. Also, listening to music can help aid in meditation, as well as serve as a timer for your chakra meditation session.
Once you have created your quiet place and have decided to use meditation aids or not, you are ready to be seated. It is best to sit on a zafu, a meditation pillow that allows you to sit on the ground while meditating. But if you don’t have one, you can simply use a pillow or a sofa cushion. You can also use a chair that doesn’t have a back.
The idea here is to keep your body aligned and not slouch so you can focus on your energy. If you are uncomfortable with using something with no back support, you can use a chair with a back. Try to be present in your body and maintain a straight back for as long as you feel comfortable. Lean back against the chair until you feel you are able to sit up again.
Meditating for the Full Chakra System
Now you are settled in and ready to begin your chakra meditation. If you are a beginner or this is this your first time attempting to meditate to heal and balance your chakras, it may be best to concentrate on the entire chakra system. Through time and experience, you will be able to hone in on which chakra needs to be addressed and be able to focus more of your attention on healing and balancing that specific chakra.
If you are a beginner, you don’t have to have a meditation session lasting for a half hour or an hour. You can start by meditating only 3-5 minutes a day and work yourself up as you become more experienced and acquainted with the process. As you do work your way up, it is best to dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to full chakra system meditation, or individual chakra meditation
Meditating for Individual Chakras
Once you have meditated for the full chakra system, you may feel comfortable enough to begin meditating for individual chakras. Everything remains the same. This process shouldn’t be forced. It should come naturally to you through time and awareness of knowing which chakras need more balancing and healing.
There are specialized positions, breathing exercises, mantras, mudras and healing stones available to use to help you focus on healing and balancing specific chakras.
8 Steps of Meditation
1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight, but not rigid. Focus on each part of your body starting with your feet and working upwards. As you do this, have that part of your body relax and let the stress melt away.
2. Focus on your breath. Your breath should be steady and deep and not forced. When your mind wanders, and it will, focus back on your breath; on the inhale and exhale of each breath. Visualize oxygen coming into your lungs and passing into the blood stream, visualize oxygen nourishing your muscles, organs and cells on the inhale. On exhale, visualize it removing toxins and stress from your body.
3. Focus your attention on your heartbeat. Feel the blood flow through your veins, starting from your feet, up to you hands, up to your head. See how the breath sustains all parts of the body and how they work harmoniously
4. Imagine a life-giving energy that you are breathing in along with the air. See this energy as a yellowish or orangish color. See this energy encompass your entire body and infuse with your aura. As it infuses with your aura, visualize it growing brighter and brighter as you become charged with this energy. Do this step gradually and let your aura grow brighter little by little and keep the energy flowing with each breath
5. Energize each individual chakra. Start with the root chakra in the lower back. Imagine a clockwise swirl of red energy. The breaths you take feeds this swirl and makes it stronger and brighter. Imagine another source of energy that is coming up from the earth that adds to the swirling energy of the root chakra
6. Move up to the sacral chakra. Visualize the same swirling energy from your root chakra, only now it is your sacral chakra. Then, one by one, move up to the solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra and finally the crown chakra. As you move up, visualize the corresponding colors of the chakra as the color of the swirl of energy.
Take your time with this step. Don’t spend too much time on one chakra if it isn’t needed. It is advised to work from the bottom up and don’t skip a chakra. Each chakra influences the others and energizing higher chakras below the lower ones could have adverse effects.
7. Visualize all the chakras at once being fed by this energy coming from your breath and up from the earth. Remember to see your chakras and your aura become brighter, clearer and super charger from life-giving energy.
8. Slowly open your eyes and relax for a few minutes with them open. Pay attention to how you feel. How energized you feel. Try and practice 15-30 minutes each sitting.
After a few sessions, you should start to feel more sensitized to the energy flowing through chakras. You may find it best to use guided meditations when you first begin. Guided meditations are meditation tracks that have a voice telling you what to see throughout the duration of the track, alongside gentle meditation music.
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