Two rather obscure song references in one post title! Damn, that’s not bad. For those of you going “what?”, here’s the deal… Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva” is the reference for “Swadhisthana, I’m going to sell my house in town.” By the way, Swadhisthana is the Hindu name for the sacral or second chakra. And it’s color is orange, hence the second reference to Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug”. There, not only are we going to work on balancing, repairing or just plain opening our second chakra, we’ll learn some esoteric musical minutia from the 1970s. Who said this wasn’t the House of Ideas?
But seriously, or at least as serious as I’m going to be feeling today… let’s take a look at the second chakra. Here’s a quick bit I grabbed from about.com about this very important energy center and what it means to your overall health and well being. I’ll drop a link to the whole piece about chakras (which is a very good one in terms of a well written, well thought out introduction to the concept) below the quoted text.
“The second chakra is often referred to as the belly or (sacral). It is located two inches below the navel and is rooted into the spine. This center holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, and emotions. It governs peoples sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way. It¹s influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed in the family during childhood. Proper balance in this chakra means the ability to flow with emotions freely and to feel and reach out to others sexually or not. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex or may lack energy. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms. Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine. The main color used with this chakra is orange. The gemstones are Carnelian Agate, Orange Calcite and Tigers Eye.”
Whether you’re new to chakras and the idea of energy centers in your body or if you’re an experienced practitioner, the about.com pages should be helpful. Especially if this is a new concept for you. And if it sounds weird or odd to you, I would tell you to put that aside and click on the link and read what’s there. You’ve got nothing to lose but the stuff that’s holding you back, right?
In helping with healing, repairing, reopening or general maintenance, here’s a visual piece that may help you to focus on your sacral chakra. The color for the sacral chakra is orange and this piece is certainly very, very orange… You can use it as part of a meditation. And lets talk for a minute about meditation as I think it is a subject that either lights you up, or may put you off.
The benefits of meditation, or of achieving a meditative state are irrefutable. The shit is good for you. It releases tension and stress which in turn makes you feel better about a lot of things. It also contributes to your overall physical health. The links between mind and body in terms of health are becoming clearer and clearer, Holistic practices are growing for a reason. They work. Your mind is the single most powerful tool you have to create not only the life you want, but also to create health and vitality.
Many people are put off by meditation for a variety of reasons. They may have tried it and just couldn’t seem to do it. They may not think they can in the midst of their very busy lives even find a few minutes to do it. They may worry that they aren’t “doing it right”. Or any of another thousand plus reasons that we have for not attempting to bring the benefits of meditation into our daily lives.
The truth is, you can’t do it wrong. Even just attempting it is better than not attempting it at all. There isn’t some magical right way to do meditation. Yes, there are ways that you can take your brain into an alpha state that are easier and perhaps more conducive to getting more from your meditation, but if you’re a person who has tried, and perhaps, in your own mind, failed at it, don’t be discouraged. It’s okay. That’s the past, not the now. And we deal in the now here.
For those who’ve struggled with meditation, I say, just close your eyes and breathe. Just focus your attention on your breathing. Feel it. Slowly inhale. Slowly exhale. Just do that. Don’t worry about anything. Don’t think you have to “quiet” your mind to the level of a Zen Monk. Trust me, you won’t. It takes time to get there. Practice. But you can still reap benefits from just closing your eyes and slowing your breathing. If you wish, set a timer for five minutes. Find a place away from your life, your loved ones, and just be with yourself for those five minutes. Do it in the car, before you head out for the morning commute. Five minutes of breathing slowly. Let yourself actually relax. Consciously relax. Feel the tightness in your body. In your neck, in your shoulders. And let it move out of you with each breath. Don’t make it into a big deal. Start small. But start.
There’s also lots of meditation tapes and cds on the market that feature things like binaural beats which help to move your brain into alpha states quicker. These are often mixed into very soothing and beautiful music which has a relaxing effect all it’s own. A short five minute session with soothing music of any kind, perhaps Tibetan Singing Bowls, or Gregorian Monks chanting can make a world of difference. Try it before you leave the garage in the morning and when you come home at night. If you’re a person who tends to walk into a whirl wind of activity when you get home from the daily work thing, then maybe pull over in a forest preserve, or a parking lot near home and take your five minutes. You may well find you are a far more refreshed and tolerant being when you walk into the maelstrom.
For those of you who would like a visual to focus on to help with your sacral chakra work, try this one….
Here’s “The Buddha Loves Him Some Dreamsicle”…
I told you it was very, very orange, lol… So there you have it. Meditate. 5 minutes a day. Don’t think about it, don’t turn it into a “thing”, especially not another thing on a to-do list for goodness sakes. Just do it. You can’t fail. Really. You can’t. Trust me, you’re going to really get to like it. And read that chakra stuff. It’s interesting and what the hell, what have you got to lose? Nothing but the shit you could use to lose, lol. So lets go play. It’s not work, it’s play time. Use the image. Think about your sacral chakra while you stare at it. Just think some simple mantra. Perhaps something like, “healing myself in every way, every day. I’m stronger, healthier, wealthier and wiser every day in every way” or something else. Just do it. And please, if you don’t do it, if you miss a day, don’t go beating yourself up over it. Just treat it like play and you’ll get a metric shit ton of benefit from it.
And remember, we love you here at the Square and we dig what you have to say and think. So tell us what it is. Please.
Yours in the possibility of the impossible,
P.S. To my cherished Zengirl, my beloved, thank you baby, thank you so very much for making this possible. For the things you teach me and the way you heal me. You are a gift beyond words.