First Chakra Meditation

"Visualize the quintessence of earth. Its symbol is a yellow square bearing the mantra LAM as its secret seed. Place the image of this four petalled lotus in the heart while restraining the prana and mind for two and half hours. By the practice of this meditation, one conquers the element Earth" - Gheranda Samhita

First chakra meditation is where your spiritual journey starts. The first or root or mooladhara or muladhara chakra signifies root or base support. 

Like a tree well anchored to the earth through its roots, we can weather life's storms better if we have a strong and open 1st chakra. 

The color of the chakra is red and it represents our actual, physical connection to the Earth. The chakra releases energy downward, like a lightening bolt, while at the same time draws energy upward from the core of the planet. As a result, you feel safe, secure and grounded.

The first chakra is also where the coiled up kundalini energy resides. I will not go into the details here as our current topic does not warrant a discussion of kundalini. We will discuss it another place another time.  

A balanced first chakra manifests as a being with a healthy physical body, well-adjusted to the family and community environment. Such a person will be diligent, organized and prudent with finances. 

A blocked chakra would show up as anxiety, dissociative behavior, poor finances, indecisiveness and problems with career and relationships. An overactive chakra, on the other hand, can lead to workaholism, greed, hoarding, addictions and a complete disconnect from the spiritual side of life.

The different first chakra meditations listed below will help activate and balance your root chakra.

Awaken the Mooladhara Chakra

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Feel your pelvic bones anchored to the earth
  • Visualize a red spinning chakra at the base of your spine
  • Next imagine a beam of red light leaving your chakra and reaching the centre of the Earth
  • Imagine the centre beaming back the energy to your chakra establishing a two-way flow that energizes your root chakra
  • Keep meditating on this exchange and let yourself relax into a feeling of safety and security

LAM Meditation

The seed sound or mantra of the Earth element is LAM (pronounced as hum). Chanting this mantra helps activate the chakra.

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Prop the image at the top of this page in front of you, slightly below eye level
  • With half-closed eyes gaze at the petal in the top right hand corner and move your attention clockwise
  • After a few rotations, move over to the yellow square which represents the four corners of the Earth
  • Focus on the elephant next, signifying strength and stability, followed by the mantra written in the Devanagiri script
  • Chant LAM silently as you continue to gaze upon it
  • Now look at the triangle whose three points represent the ida, pingala and sushumna energy channels (nadis)
  • End the meditation by gazing at the symbol of kundalini energy (coiled snake) at the bottom

Gaia Meditation    

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Make Prithvi (Earth) Mudra by resting the back of your hands on your knees or thighs and joining your ring finger with the respective thumb
  • Ensure your back is erect by straightening it as if stacking one vertebrae on top of the other
  • Relax your shoulders and keep the head evenly balanced and tuck your chin slightly inwards
  • Close your eyes
  • Feel a sense of grounding by rooting yourself to the earth
  • Submerge into it and become like a mountain - steadfast and unshakeable
  • Mindfully nurture the feeling of firmness and stability
  • Do it for at least 20 minutes

The minor plantar chakras, which are located at the soles of our feet, are considered part of the root or mooladhara chakra. An out-of-sync plantar chakra can lead to the feeling of being "spaced-out." 

To restore balance to the plantar chakra, and by extension to the root chakra, try doing walking meditation

Even though the temptation to start doing the higher chakras' meditation will be huge, I suggest you focus on starting with the first chakra meditation and then slowly build your practice toward the higher meditations.

Again, in meditation we believe in evolution not revolution!

Following external instructions, as provided in root chakra guided meditation, can be an easier way of doing first chakra meditation.

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