In any of its forms, the aim of meditation is to enhance and encourage mental silence. In our over-stimulated world, this is no easy task and may take effort and time. To achieve the focus necessary to meditate, one must draw one’s attention towards one point – it could be concentrating on a mantra or on beads. In the case of chakra meditation, it involves focusing on the chakras of the body.
What is Chakra Meditation?
Chakra Meditation is a powerful meditation practice that requires you to develop a consciousness of the different chakras in the body so that you can experience their wide-ranging effects. The word chakra was first discovered in ancient Vedic books and literally means wheel or cycle in Sanskrit.
According to the philosophy behind Chakra Meditation, there are wheel-like energy centers in the human body. These centres are a part of the spiritual body but are connected to our physical body. There are 7 main chakras running along the body, from the crown at the top to the bottom of the spinal cord. Each chakra represents aspects of your own human experience and the unconscious world within you.
Note how the imbalances in each chakra may have intangible or physical symptoms.
The Seven Chakras
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
This chakra represents your foundation. It lies at the base of your spine and controls your ability to meet challenges and feel strong and grounded. If you feel your financial stability or survival is threatened, this chakra may become blocked and you may feel unstable.
What happens when this chakra is imbalanced: An imbalanced Root Chakra can cause you to feel anxious or insecure, even when you have no reason. You may also suffer from lower back pain, hip pain, or conditions of your reproductive organs.
Sacral Chakran (Svadhisthana)
This chakra represents your sense of well-being, creativity and sexual pleasure. It is located at your lower abdomen. If it is blocked, you may feel as if you have no control over your life.
What happens when this chakra is imbalanced: An imbalanced Sacral Chakra could reduce your pleasure and joy in good food and creative pursuits. It could also lead to a reduced sex drive or push you towards addiction, restlessness and imbalances in the hormone levels. Depression is a common symptom.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
This chakra represents your self-confidence and acceptance of self. It is located in your upper abdomen. When you feel nervous or ashamed, this chakra may become blocked.
What happens when this chakra is imbalanced: When this chakra is imbalanced, it could cause you to become over or under-confident. With an overactive Solar Plexus Chakra, you may easily become angry or display a lack of empathy. If it is underactive, you may have self doubt or feel timid about taking decisions. Physical symptoms could include digestive issues or changes in the function of your liver, kidneys or pancreas.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
This chakra connects your lower chakras with your upper chakras and is an important factor in your ability to relate to others and to give and receive love. If it is blocked, you may be unable to open up to others and you may avoid intimacy in your relationships. It is located at your heart.
What happens when this chakra is imbalanced: When the Heart Chakra is underactive, it interferes with your ability to feel compassion or to express yourself truly, even to your closest relationships.. If it is overactive, you may focus more on your love for others rather than on your own wellbeing. Physical symptoms of an imbalanced Heart Chakra include palpitations, heart burn and problems of blood circulation.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
This chakra is located at your throat and controls your ability to express yourself honestly and confidently. If it is blocked, you will find yourself unable to say how you feel.
What happens when this chakra is imbalanced: People who speak with very loud voices or who talk a lot and interrupt others may have an overactive Throat Chakra. They may suffer from frequent throat pain, mouth ulcers or cavities. If you have an underactive Throat Chakra, you may be shy or quiet and may have difficulty expressing your emotions. Physical symptoms include digestive trouble.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
This chakra is located in your forehead between your eyes. It controls your intuition and your ability to see the unspoken truth. People with a blocked Third Eye Chakra may feel unimaginative or unable to understand intangible concepts.
What happens when this chakra is imbalanced: An overactive Third Eye Chakra may predispose you to excessive activities related to the spiritual or paranormal world, including tarot cards and astrology. An underactive Third Eye Chakra may make you feel disconnected from the spiritual side of life, and may cause headaches, allergies, or sinus trouble.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
This chakra controls the spiritual connections you feel, regardless of your religious beliefs. It is located at the very top of your head and is the highest chakra in the human body. This chakra takes the most effort to open, but when open it can bring inner peace and beauty.
This chakra is usually not possible to work on. Being able to control or balance it is likened to achieving ‘nirvana’ or complete spiritual understanding which is rare. If you wish to achieve better balance here, spend more time working on the other chakras to gain overall balance.
How can I start Chakra Meditation?
In Chakra Meditation guided focus is targeted towards each chakra in order to clear them and keep them balanced. Special attention is paid to the chakras that may be blocked. This form of meditation has many ways of practice – some are geared towards spiritual awakening while others have immense healing and relaxation benefits.
Mantras and mudras can serve as tools to bring your focus on these energy centers within the body. It is advised to begin a chakra meditation practice with the help of a qualified and able teacher or guru. They can guide you and make you aware of the energy flow and imbalances within your chakras. However if you would like to try a form of chakra meditation guided for home use, read on.
Chakra meditation guided for home practice
Before you begin chakra meditation at home, refer to a guide online to understand the exact location of each chakra. This is important because you will later need to visualize each chakra.
Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight and relaxed. Breathe naturally and deeply, drawing breath from your belly and not your chest.
Once you have controlled your breathing, begin by visualizing each chakra and focusing on it for a few moments. Imagine energy coiling up within each chakra, shimmering into a glowing ball of vibrant heat. Now imagine that heat melting away and flowing freely through your body, opening up blockages and releasing any spots of tension.
It is natural to feel scattered or lost at first, but don’t lose heart. Keep drawing your attention back to the chakra and focusing on it again. As you get better, your mind feels clear but aware and relaxed.
Once you have gone through a few sessions and begin to feel comfortable with the practice, the benefits will become apparent to you. You will realize that your consciousness drifts naturally towards the chakras that need the most attention, allowing you to realign your energy centers and bring about a state of well-being.