Chakra meditation is an amazing tool to awaken the energy within our bodies. We are not talking about outlandish spiritual techniques, but the simple exercises of visualization, breathing and music that could really help us to feel better in our daily lives.
First things first, Kundalini is the energy that acts at the level of the subtle body, and is traditionally represented by a sleeping snake, wrapped around the base of the spine. Its name derives from the word kundala, which means "rolled up, spiral-shaped."
Each chakra or energy center has its specific function, and Kundalini is the energy that nourishes it - as it nourishes our whole body.
Meditation is about the awakening of energy. There are various types of meditation that act on the chakras: some oriental disciplines such as Yoga are based on the balance of the elements that constitute the human being and start from meditation.
But you do not need to learn complicated techniques to free your imagination and creativity.
You can meditate starting from color visualization exercises: use the breath and with each inhalation, fill yourself with a color on the spectrum and imagine it more and more intensely (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and white).
Keep the color in mind for at least 2 to 4 minutes. If the color is perceived as pleasant, you can keep it for a longer period of time.
Before beginning the meditation on the chakras, do not forget to arrange your meditation space so that it is comfortable and quiet, then light a candle and burn an incense stick to do some cleaning of the environment.
You can use some music too: each type of music has a different effect depending on the choice of notes, rhythm, and instruments. In the tradition of Indian music, we find musical compositions generally improvised by the master from some predetermined motifs called raga.
Each raga has a different effect on our subtle system. During meditation, one must imagine the sound as an expanding force, which conquers outer spaces in ever-expanding waves. When the music ends, let's enjoy the assured silence that reappears within us.
Even our voice can play a fundamental role: we can use the vibrations produced by vowels or mantras, which also serve to clean and internalize our attention during meditation to help us reach a deeper meditative state.
If you already know which of your Chakras is weaker and you are familiar with the techniques of opening the Chakras, you can directly concentrate on the Chakra involved, but at first, I suggest you work on your Chakras in a global and progressive way, and then concentrate in a second moment, on the single Chakra.
Okay, let's start!
First of all, locate a quiet and peaceful place where you can practice meditating without being disturbed. If you feel the need, get an alarm, so as to keep track of time without the need to constantly watch the clock, and thus avoid distractions. Sit with your legs crossed, pay attention to your posture, and place your hands on your knees. If you have not already done so, make sure you have a blanket or meditation cushion.
When you practice chakra meditation, you want to focus your attention on the area of the body that it is associated with. You may repeat a mantra while doing this as well.
You can learn more about repeating mantras in our post on transcendental meditation.
There is a different area of attention that accompanies meditation for each chakra.
The Muladhara chakra is the first chakra of our subtle system and is located at the base of the vertebral column, below the sacrum. A good way to help this chakra to free itself from tensions is to sit on the ground so that it lies directly in contact with the Mother Earth (lotus position or cross-legged).
To second chakra is called Svadhisthana, and it is connected to the kidneys. This chakra is associated to our emotions and to the natural element of water. You can awaken this chakra by listening to the sound of sea waves or a bath.
Manipura chakra is responsible for the functioning of the liver, which plays a very important role in maintaining focus and a state of calm in every situation, without developing excessive heat and mental activity. Remaining silent is the most appropriate meditation exercise for this chakra.
All the chakras are connected to the Sun and in particular the heart chakra, Anahata. Light and heat radiate from the heart. The element of Anahata is air. In fact, even the lungs are linked to this chakra: anxiety or fear can cause blockages in this area. To change this condition you can take long and deep breaths and long sunbathing.
Vishudda chakra is related to expression and throat. It is necessary to perceive how the word is a magic instrument, which projects the sounds, the frequencies of every life into the universe. Centering on the power of sincerity towards oneself and others, reciting a mantra or singing develops this energetic center.
Ajna chakra is linked to our perception of reality and to judgment: cultivating forgiveness and freeing one's self from obsessive thoughts awakens it and gives a clearer vision. You can focus on your pineal gland for this chakra, also known as the third eye. It is located around the middle of your forehead.
For the opening of the seventh chakra, Sahasrara, it is necessary to deepen the connection with the universal energy. This is also known as the crown chakra and is located at the top of your head.
Having our chakras balanced and perfectly working is fundamental for both our physical and emotional health. Remember to always live your meditative path as a journey and don’t judge yourself if, especially at the beginning of your journey, things seem tricky and weird. Embrace this stage and use it to notice how you change a little bit every single day, becoming more aware and more present within yourself.
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