Moving from our root into our sacral chakra. Here we begin to explore how we feel, in our body, in ourselves, and in the world around us.
This is our sensory domain, translated in sanskrit as “our own inner place.” Svadhisthana. ‘Svadha’ in sanskrit also means sweetness or pleasure. This is our own sweet spot.
Water is the element associated with the sacral chakra, so play the video, either stare at the ocean there or close your eyes as I take you through a meditation adapted from one by Anodea Judith.
(Note: this video goes for about an hour so you may want to set a timer for a shorter period of time, say 5-10 minutes)
Begin by grounding yourself, either sitting on the floor or on a chair and feel your spine or your feet rooted to the earth.
Feel the crown of your head connected to the energy of the divine or the source.
Imagine the line of energy that extends from your crown to your root chakra, and then bring your awareness to a point on this line around your pelvis and lower belly.
Settle into your own place. Focus on your breath, feel how it moves your chest and belly.
Notice the sensations within you and around you, notice the ‘you’ that is feeling these sensations.
Notice the temperature in the room, are there any sounds? Tuning into your feelings, are you tired, bored, restless?
Drop your awareness down into your lower belly, hips and pelvis.
Gently pull your lower belly in towards your spine as you exhale, and expand your lower belly out on the inhale.
If you find it hard to physically do this, just imagine it.
Imagine you are breathing in and filling up your lower belly with water. Imagine your pelvis like a bowl you can fill up. It’s your own body of water.
As you breathe in and out with your focus on this body of water in your sacral chakra, begin to chant the mantra “vam” alongside the video.
You may find yourself intuitively swaying or rocking your hips. Go with it! This is the chakra of your inner ocean, let those waves roll.
When you have finished. Again draw your awareness back to your root chakra and your connection to the earth.
Sit quietly for a moment before going about your day. Notice your sensations, sounds, tastes, feelings throughout the day.
Let your entire day become a chakra meditation.
Hari om tat sat. Namaste. Blessings.
Art credit: the beautiful work of Sheranda Ann Kumara features in this week’s post