Ever wonder why all of the sudden you seem incapable of making decisions? Or maybe you’ve experienced a seemingly unexplained bout of anger and can’t quite get a hold of it. If you’re feeling imbalanced or can’t figure out why you’re feeling a particular way, you might be experiencing the effects of blocked Chakras. Maintaining balance through Chakra meditation can have a powerful effect on both your physical and emotional well-being. If you’re wondering just what a Chakra is and how you can keep yours in balance, just read on.
What Is a Chakra?
According to Michelle Fondin at the Chopra Center, “The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main Chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head.”
Each of the Chakras correspond to specific nerve centers in the body. The idea is that these Chakras, or energy centers, need to be balanced in order for energy to flow freely between them. When one of them gets blocked, energy cannot flow and you will find yourself out of balance. The key is be self-aware enough to notice the imbalance and be able to identify which blocked Chakras needs attention, or clearing.
Identifying Blocked Chakras
Reshma Patel, at MindBodyGreen, says “You may feel that more than one chakra is imbalanced or blocked. This is because when one is blocked, the other chakras begin to compensate and either become overactive or under-active.”
There are warning signs that can help you identify an imbalance in each of the seven Chakras:
1st Chakra (Root Chakra): When the Root Chakra is imbalanced or blocked, you will tend to feel like you just can’t get grounded. You might also display excessive behaviors and greediness.
2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra): The Sacral Chakra is connected to sexual desire, creativity, and pleasure. The imbalance in this blocked Chakra will often manifest itself in being overly emotional or the opposite. You feel numb and detached.
3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus): This Chakra is also referred to as the power Chakra. The Solar Plexus Chakra is imbalanced when you notice your self-esteem, decision making ability, and temper feel out of control.
4th Chakra (Heart): The Heart Chakra is just what it seems. It is full of love and compassion when balanced. But, expressions of jealousy, anger, or self-hatred are displayed with this blocked Chakra.
5th Chakra (Throat): The Throat Chakra is related to your ability to speak your truth and be the most connected with your opinions. When it’s blocked, you’ll find making choices difficult and may fear judgement of others.
6th Chakra (Third Eye): The Third Eye Chakra is connected to your intuition. When there is a blockage, you might find it difficult to focus, have clouded judgement.
7th Chakra (Crown): This Chakra is connected to wisdom and universal energy. A blockage might present itself as an inability to set or follow through on goals, and feeling a lack of direction.
How to Clear Blocked Chakras with Chakra Meditation
The Beginners Guide to Chakra Meditation, from MindValley Academy, gives some guidance. Since “your Chakras are part of an intimately connected system, there is only so much work you can do on singular Chakras. It’s better to meditate on all of them to bring the entire system into balance.”
To begin, sit comfortably on the floor or on a cushion with your feet crossed in front of you. Place your hands gently on your knees or thighs. Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly and deeply. Start to imagine each chakra opening up and energy flowing through. Begin with the Root Chakra and slowly move up the spine, all the way to Crown Chakra, giving each chakra adequate time and attention. It might help to visualize the chakras as you move from one to the other. When you have reached the Crown Chakra, you should feel energy flowing freely through each energy center.
Guided Chakra Meditations
The MindValley Academy also suggests that “when you’re first starting to explore chakra meditation, it can be tricky to keep track of the energy centers and colors you need to focus on. Guided Chakra meditation tools can be an enormous help.”
Here are a few guided Chakra Meditations to get you started:
- 20 Minute Guided Balancing Meditation
- 20 Minute Chakra Balancing and Visualization
- 10 Minute Chakra Meditation Balancing & Healing
Keeping your Chakras clear and balanced is key to maintaining an overall healthy well-being. Integrating these guided Chakra meditations into your daily or weekly routine can be a powerful source of strength and clarity in your life. So go ahead and arrange some time in your schedule to give it a try!
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