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 29

Sunday January 3, 2010:  Today we drove home from Luray so I was back in my little home yoga studio for meditation.  I was glad to be back in my own spot but I had some trouble settling in at first.  I decided to work with the ham sa mantra and started working my way up the chakras but when I got to the heart chakra, my heart suddenly felt as if it were beating wildly.  It was similar to what happens to me when I’m at home alone, maybe reading quietly, and I think I hear a strange noise. […]

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 […]

Meditation Challenge: Day 6

Friday December 11, 2009:  I meditated around 11pm, after returning from a holiday gathering.  I worked with ham sa/so ham.  My body felt restful and comfortable but my mind was sort of all over the place.  Eventually, I was able to stop “hearing” thoughts but instead I sort of began to see them.  Little sketches of people and places appeared in my field of vision.  And then these little squares that reminded me of postage stamps or film strips began to appear, with animals on them.  Perhaps I’ve been opening too many Christmas cards!   My breathing was more effortless. […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 4

December 9, 2009: Since I had some difficulty focusing in martial arts when I did my meditation before class, I decided to wait until after class this time.  Wednesday night is sparring class so, needless to say, it is always physically and mentally depleting and after last night’s class, I had some bumps and bruises.  I came home, iced myself, showered, and then sat to meditate.  I decided beforehand to use the same so ham/ham sa chakra meditation technique I had been using (guided by Paul Grilley’s chakra meditation DVD) but to do 2 rounds of each and to add […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 2

December 7, 2009: Today I did a Ham-Sa/So-Ham meditation, guided by Paul Grilley’s Chakra Meditation DVD.  In this practice, you start at the lowest chakra at the base of the spine, repeating repeat “Ham” on the inhale and “Sa” on the exhale.  As you move up through each successive chakra, you repeat the same mantra, eventually drawing the energy all the way from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. When you reach the crown of the head, you say “So” on the inhale and “Ham” on the exhale and move the energy back down, pausing […]