Untangle Yourself with Chakra Meditation

If you’ve ever tried to untangle your headphone cords, you know that the most difficult part is trying to figure out where the whole tangled mess starts!  If you are distracted or in a hurry, you will pull in all directions, make a few more knots, blame whoever has recently pissed your off for the whole mess, and go back to walking around being half-strangled by hopelessly tangled cords. Meanwhile beneath the protective outer sheath of the cord, the delicate copper wires that ensure the quality of the sound reaching your ears are slowly degenerating.  Of course the alternative to […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 21

Saturday December  26, 2009:  I sat for Saturday’s meditation following a Yin Yoga practice and used the bija mantra.  In spite of a calm, quiet house and a calm, quiet body, my mind was in no mood to settle down.  As I chanted the mantras and moved the energy up my spine, I found that I was replaying a conflict I had with someone several months ago.  I was considering if and how I might approach her and whether she would respond.  In my investigation of chakra meditation, I have read that part of the process is purifying each chakra. […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 16

Monday December 21, 2009:  Today I meditated in the early evening using the bija mantra.  For anyone unfamiliar with the bija mantra, it involves chanting a mantra or sound for each of the chakras and the sounds are Lam, Vam, Ram, Yam, Ham, Om . The sounds, when chanted, create a vibration at their corresponding chakra which helps guide your awareness to the chakra.  I started from the muladhara chakra at the base of the spine and worked upward to the sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head.  I paused at the crown and then moved the energy back […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 15

Sunday December 20, 2009:  So, as of yesterday, I am halfway through the challenge!   I had the pleasure of meditating yesterday at what I’ve realized is the perfect time to be in my home yoga studio.  Right around 1pm or so, the sun shines through the single window in the room and right on to my yoga mat.  Outside my backyard is blanketed with about two feet of snow, dumped by a mighty winter storm.   But, I sat in that beam of light and meditated with the sun warming my face.  I chanted the Bija mantra, moving the […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 12

Thursday December 18, 2009:  I have to admit that yesterday I failed to make my daily meditation enough of a priority.  As a result, I ended up meditating after seeing a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center and a long dinner over a bottle of wine with my mother and my husband. Although our home was not particularly religious, my mother loved classical music and I grew up listening to her play the Messiah on our record player during the holidays.  Even as a child, for reasons I cannot really explain, it resonated with me.  But, that did […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 11

Wednesday December 16, 2009:   This is the first time I’ve actually posted the same day as I meditated.  My usual process is to mediate and then record my experience the following day.  The “rule” that I established for the challenge is that I could not wait more than one day to record the experience because I think it becomes harder to recall details the more time passes. Today I decided to meditate as soon as I woke up, thinking my mind might be more empty.  But, since the whole day was ahead of me  I found that as I […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 10

Tuesday December 15, 2009: Okay, so, in yoga they say “adapt, adjust, and accommodate”, right?  Well, somehow the day got away from me and I found myself “adjusting” my meditation schedule to the evening once again.  I practiced 2 rounds of the bija mantra, chanting out loud both rounds.  I hate to go all Yoda, but I did notice that the force was not as strong as the previous meditation.  That said, I experienced some similarities to the previous day’s meditation.  Again, energy seemed to radiate from a point between my shoulder blades.  So, it felt sort of like wings. […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 9

Monday December 14, 2009: Since it’s Week 2 of the challenge, I decided to change a few things to see what effects the changes might produce.  First, I am going to meditate during the day.  Secondly, while I will continue to use chakra meditation techniques, I am using different techniques.  My Monday meditation was about mid-day which is a nice time of day in my home yoga studio since light streams through the window making the room feel bright and airy.  And it’s in strong contrast to last week’s meditations, which were all done in the dark.  I practiced a […]