Chakra Meditation

This meditation focuses on balancing and activating the chakras. It is a nice combination of mindfulness, body scanning, and visualization, and can be practiced in 5 – 10 minutes, so it’s easy to fit into busy days. I like to practice this meditation when I first wake up and am still lying in bed during the quiet hours of the morning – it is a lovely self-care ritual to start the day off with.

 

chakra points

Chakra points are aligned with the spinal column.

 

Chakras are energy points aligned in our physical body, from the base of our spine, to the crown of our head.

Each chakra has a corresponding colour which moves through the colour spectrum from red to violet. The word chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel” – in this meditation we will focus on creating coloured discs spinning in a clockwise direction as we move from the Root Chakra to the Crown Chakra. To begin, make sure you are comfortable, whether seated or lying down. It is best to eliminate any possible distractions from disturbing you for the length of the meditation – this includes such things as cell phones, pets, or family members – yet another compelling reason to practice this meditation when first waking up but not yet rising from bed!

When first starting this practice, you may find it helpful to place your dominant hand on the point along your body where the chakra is located. Over time, you will come to know these points without needing the assistance of bringing attention to them using touch. I usually envision the disc 3x before moving on to the next one, and intone the corresponding vibrating seed sound or mantra on the exhale. When you have clearly visualized the spinning disc, move on to the next one.

Ready? Let’s begin!

The first chakra is located at the base of the spine in what is known as our tailbone. Focusing on this area, bring your breath into the Root Chakra while visualizing a disc of red light spinning in a clockwise direction. If you like, you may intone the mantra of RA on the exhale. Continue to focus on breathing into the Root Chakra until  you can clearly see the the spinning red disc before moving on to the next step.

The second chakra is located 2 inches below the belly button. Raise your focus and your breath into the Sacral Chakra while visualizing a disc of orange light spinning in a clockwise direction. The Sacral Chakra corresponds to mantra of MA. Continue focusing on breathing into the Sacral Chakra, and when the spinning orange disc is fully visualized, raise your awareness to the next.

The third chakra is located near the diaphragm, where the rib plate arches just above the belly. Breathing your focus into the Solar Plexus Chakra while visualizing a disc of yellow light spinning in a clockwise direction, you may intone the mantra of DA on the exhale. When you have clearly visualized the Solar Plexus Chakra as a spinning yellow disc, move on to the next chakra.

The fourth chakra is located in the center of our chest and is the Heart Chakra. Breathing with your heart, visualize a disc of green light spinning in a clockwise direction. If you like, you may intone the mantra of SA on the exhale. Continue to focus on breathing into the Heart Chakra until the spinning green disc is clearly visible before moving on to the next step.

The fifth chakra is located in our throat. Bring your breath into the Throat Chakra while visualizing a disc of blue light spinning in a clockwise direction. The mantra of SE (pronounced SAY) may be intoned on the exhale. Continue to focus on breathing into the Throat Chakra until the spinning blue disc is fully visualized before moving up to the next chakra.

The sixth chakra is located in the center of our forehead, just above our browline. Focusing on this area, bring your breath into the Third Eye Chakra while visualizing a disc of indigo light spinning in a clockwise direction. If you like, you may intone the mantra of SO on the exhale. Continue to focus on breathing into the Third Eye Chakra until the spinning indigo disc is fully visualized before moving on to the final chakra.

The seventh chakra is located floating just above our skull, the Crown Chakra disc should lightly graze our hair as it spins. Focusing your breath into the Crown Chakra while visualizing a disc of violet light spinning in a clockwise direction, you may intone the mantra of HUNG on the exhale. Continue to focus on breathing into the Crown Chakra until the spinning violet disc is fully visualized before commencing the final part of the meditation.

Once you have visualized all the chakras as spinning discs of light, you may intone the mantra of RA MA DA SA SE SO HUNG as you scale your attention up the body, highlighting each chakra as represented by the mantra. On the final three breaths of your meditation, visualize all the chakras balanced and active, pouring out a pure white light until it enfolds your entire body.

The meditation is complete. Rest in this white light for as long as you choose.

 

chakra symbols

 

This meditation is best practiced on a daily basis. If you like, you may alter it to fit your own spiritual path, perhaps substituting blossoming lotus flowers rather than spinning discs for the chakras, having the white light repair any gaps or blockages in your aura, or sending extra healing white light to any areas you feel discomfort or tension. You may also focus extra attention on any of the chakras you feel may need a little boost in regards to how they correspond to your current life:  if you have a speaking engagement or are suffering from a sore throat, you can send a little extra love and energy to your Throat Chakra, or if you have a hot date, you might like to fire up your Sacral Chakra… I personally use a brief version this meditation before I read tarot cards for others. Experiment with it to see how and where it can enhance your life!