This is part three of my series on meditation for moms. Read here for part one, in which I outline a grounding exercise to get you started, and here for part two, in which I describe the process of running your energy to clear out the energetic clutter in your system. These are the first two stages in my morning meditation practice. Once I've grounded myself and run my energy, I'm ready to focus on each chakra.
A chakra is basically an energetic center in the physical body, and each one corresponds to a different aspect of ourselves. I like to think of chakras as spherical battery packs. When we open ourselves up to universal energy, spirit, God, whatever you want to call your source, it's like plugging our batteries into a master charger. It powers us up and helps us run better. When we go for a while without charging our batteries, things start to malfunction and, just like our children's toys, we start to slow down, say things we didn't intend to say, make weird noises. In the process, we make life annoying for everyone else around us.
Depending on which spiritual tradition you consult, there are seven or eight of these chakras, and some say there are many more. The number of chakras most people are familiar with is seven, and that's what I generally work with. I picture them as layers of energy spinning in all directions within a sphere – sort of like a cross between those old science models of electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom and round gears like in a clock. When I power them up, they spin quickly, gain momentum, and their light glows brightly. When I haven't recharged in a while, it's like the gears get stuck and can't move freely like they're supposed to, and then they don't light up.
There are many ways of working with the chakras. For brevity's sake, I'm going to keep it simple to get you started. Ready?
Chakra Focus1st Chakra – Root or Base Chakra
When you've completed powering up all seven chakras, imagine closing a little window in front of all but the 1st and 7th chakras. In other words, the chakras keep spinning, but you've protected them from the energy of other people and events. To use the battery metaphor again, you're putting a little plug protector on them so others can't plug into your vibrant energy and drain it. However, always keep your root chakra open to keep you grounded to earth energy, and your crown chakra open to keep you connected to universal energy.
Whew! That was a lot of information for one blog post. Once you do this a few times, you'll remember the chakras and colors and it won't take you long at all to power them all up. It's not really that crucial to remember the meanings of each of the chakras at this point. You'll feel the results either way.
Let me know how this feels for you. I'd also love to know if this was clear or confusing for you. This is subtle work, and translating it into words is more challenging than I'd thought. I'd like to include a version of this in my book, and your feedback on how I communicated these concepts would be really helpful. Thanks!