Second Chakra Meditation

"Visualize the quintessence of water as a divine nectar which is white as a jasmine flower or a conch shell. Fix the consciousness on the Water element; it will destroy all sorrows" - Gheranda Samhita

Second chakra meditation pertains to your passion chakra. The sacral chakra, or swadhishthana chakra, is the 'dwelling place of the self' and is filled with flowing, moving energy. 

Its element being water, it represents your connection to your emotions and creative impulses.

The color of the chakra is orange and the lotus flower symbolic of the chakra has six petals. 

A blocked or unbalanced second chakra could lead to an inability to experience life's sweetness or to hedonism. Both have negative consequences.

While it is important to be in touch with your feelings, you are not your feelings, so an excessive attachment to them also turns counter-productive. 

Feelings, like thoughts, are events that arise and fall within us, but they are not us. They simply do not define us. The whole purpose of meditation is to rise above our incorrect identification with our thoughts and feelings.

But, the intensity of strong emotions can be quite addictive. And hard to let go in spite of best intentions.

Try mindfulness as an antidote. I promise it will do wonders!

Swadhishthana chakra is the origin of all emotions and governs the body's liquids - blood, lymph, mucus, semen, urine and saliva. Problems with the chakra can lead to arteriosclerosis, varicose veins, menstrual problems, PMS and impotence.        

Graceful, lithe and flowing bodies show the positive effects of having an open, balanced second chakra. Clumsy, accident-prone movements are a reflection of the opposite.

The sacral chakra is also the seat of sexuality, hence a gentle warning - misguided work on the chakra in the hope of becoming a sex god or goddess will be self-defeating!

Rather devoting yourself to correctly channeling this most potent form of energy available will turn it into a force of awareness. Its immense power will serve your best interests by becoming a tool of liberation from worldly suffering.  

The following second chakra meditations will help you activate and balance your passion/sacral chakra.

Awaken the Swadhishthana Chakra

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Visualize an orange spinning chakra in the lower abdomen below the navel
  • Imagine a circle of orange light emanating from your chakra and spreading to the rest of your body in wave like ripples
  • Feel a sense of warmth enveloping the whole body, starting with the genital area and then radiating out 
  • Keep meditating on these 'waves of warmth' and allow yourself to let go and flow like water
  • Do it for 20-30 minutes

VAM Meditation

The seed sound or mantra of the Water element is VAM (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 lotus petals at the outer edge of the picture in a clockwise fashion
  • After a few rotations, move attention inward to the big circle 
  • Notice the crescent shaped moon in the lower half of the circle - moon controls water on our planet and causes tides
  • The crocodile symbolizes river Ganges
  • Look at the bija sound - VAM, and start chanting it silently as you continue to gaze upon it
  • Meditate for 20-30 minutes 

Kamal or Lotus Meditation    

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Make Varun (Water) Mudra by resting the back of your hands on your knees or thighs and joining your little 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
  • Meditate upon the qualities of water - fluidity, clarity, adaptability
  • Think of the lotus flower and its unique attributes - grows in mud, but stays unsullied; surrounded by water yet remains untouched by it; spectacular bloom produced by sludge  
  • Dwell upon and imbibe the essential quality of both - carrying or co-existing with impurities yet retaining their pure nature
  • Ignore any thoughts that arise and remain mindful of the above qualities  
  • Do the meditation for 30 minutes

You may be wondering why the lotus meditation is specifically linked to the second chakra meditation.

It is true that while every chakra is symbolized by the lotus flower, the swadhishthana chakra, whose element is water, medium essential for the growth of a lotus flower, has a special affinity to it. That is why, lotus meditation helps activate the second chakra quickly.

Guided instructions, as provided in passion chakra guided meditation, can be an easier way of doing second chakra meditation.

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