This #MeditationMonday is the third part of the seven part Chakra series we started a few weeks back. If you missed the intro to chakras, please read the muladhara (6/28) & svadhistana (7/11) posts.
The third chakra manipura or your “solar plexus” is home of personal identity and willpower. It is located just between the navel and the lower part of the ribs. When this energy center is balanced, you feel confident, capable and a strong sense of self worth. To work on balancing the svadhistana chakra, try this fire meditation (from Wanderlust):
Note: Light a candle, or better yet, complete this meditation in the middle of a circle of lighted candles.
Sit on the edge of a cushion, pillow or blanket. Cup your left hand and make a fist with your right hand, extending your right thumb up. Place your right fist in your left open palm, and draw your hands in front of your solar plexus. Close your eyes. Connect to the rise and fall of your breath.
Imagine that your right thumb is a flame, flickering at the center of your being. With each inhale that you take, watch the yellow flame grow just a little bit brighter. Imagine a warmth spreading from this area of your body and filling you from the inside out…
Now, imagine that you have gathered a little stack of sticks. On each stick, write a word or phrase representing something in your life that is no longer serving you, something that you are in the process of letting go of, or need to be. Remember that some things must be let go of hundreds of times before we are free from them, maybe thousands. Forgive yourself this process, for letting go is one of the hardest things to engage with…
Now, place each stick into your flame. Watch it catch fire. And burn. And as each stick is completely burned, imagine that a gust of wind travels into your hands and carries the ash away from you, far far away.
Fire teaches us that power results from combining and integrating, rather than fighting and dominating. Remember, there is ease and grace in true power. And you are powerful beyond measure. You can change.