Do you, like billions of others, feel a connection between the spiritual and the physical? When you’re surrounded by love – do you feel nourished and energized? And can you feel physically empty and weak when sadness or loneliness comes calling?
The seven chakras are the points at which matter and consciousness meet and interact like this. These invisible swirling wheels of energy are what keep us healthy, aware, confident, wise, and alive. However the world unfolds around us, active and balanced chakras help us to move toward happiness and light – but when blocked or out of balance, our chakras simply cannot help us move in the right direction.
If you want to make sure your natural energy alignment are taking you on the best path through life, you should work on activating and balancing these energies. There are a number of ways to make this happen – but since meditation is such a powerful method, I’ve dedicated this whole page to exploring it.
Meditations that Balances your Chakras
So often in life, we find ourselves on ‘auto-pilot’ – and days feel like they blend into one. Before we know it, we’re a week, a month, or a year older – without having worked on making sure we’re happy or healthy. Mindfulness and meditation are such powerful tools for understanding, activating, and balancing your chakras – because, even for a short time, they take us away from this relentless cycle.
When our minds are somewhat cleared, we can work towards a judgement-free standpoint – from which you can observe your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Awareness is the first step – and when we learn to become aware of the energy moving through our chakra system, we can begin addressing imbalances, one by one.
Most of the chakra meditations I’m going to talk about here just require a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Unless a specific meditation suggests otherwise, you’ll need somewhere fairly upright to sit; perhaps cross-legged on the floor, or in a comfortable but supportive chair.
Remember, meditation is called a ‘practice’ for a reason. When you start, you’ll probably find it difficult and your mind will wander elsewhere. Don’t panic or give up; this is perfectly normal. This is just another symptom of our hectic lives not allowing our thoughts to rest – but I promise that it will become easier with time.
Meditation Techniques for Specific Chakras
Meditation, mindfulness, and breath-work of any kind benefits our energy flow and opens our energy center. While it might not directly focus on any particular chakra, clearing away the emotional and mental overload that life presents is an excellent way to begin unblocking our chakra system.
From this starting point, we can move on to exploring these specific chakra balancing and activating practices.
Also known as the ‘first chakra’, the root chakra is located at the base of your spine. Since this chakra represents the foundation for living our lives, any blockage can leave us feeling insecure, vulnerable, and worried about what might come.
For this reason, relaxation methods are vital if you want to unblock and balance your root. Explore some transcendental meditations that use mantras that you associate with calm – and perhaps listen to meditative music to further remove you from wider worries and focus you on the present.
Another excellent method for working on the first of the main chakras is to explore mindfulness in more depth, especially as it helps us to distinguish what’s real – and what’s simply needless anxiety. If the breathing element of mindfulness works for you, you may decide to explore Pranayama and Nadi Shodhana exercises too.
Focusing on the breath is enormously powerful when we work on the root chakra. When we breathe properly, we infuse our bodies with oxygen – fostering mental clarity, reducing stress, and cleansing toxins from our system.
Meditations for the Sacral Chakra
As you work up from the base of the spine and into the lumbar region of the lower back, you find the sacral chakra – also referred to as the ‘second chakra’. This chakra is associated with your emotional health, sexual energy, and how feelings and emotions come together.
Since modern life often demands that we stifle our emotions and natural energies, cathartic movements help to unblock the sacral chakra and activate the energy so it can move more freely. Practices like Osho dynamic meditation and Kundalini meditation can help focus your free movements – as can ‘No Dimensions’ and ‘Nataraj’ practices.
Meditations taught by Taoist Master Mantak Chia can be incredibly helpful if you feel you’d like to bring some balance to your sexual energy. Your sacral chakra can benefit enormously from tantric practices that are focused on transforming sexual desires into spiritual energy.
Meditations for the Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus chakra is the third of the main chakras – and is often referred to as the ‘Manipura’ or navel chakra. This chakra is most commonly associated with the ego, passions, and impulses. Fully active and balanced, the Solar Plexus helps us boost our self-esteem, foster calmness, trust our initiative, and find respect for others.
Again, transcendental meditations that focus on positive affirmations can have a huge impact on the third chakra. Mantras that focus on love, acceptance, respect, and belief for yourself are important – as are affirmations that you’re worthy of these things from others.
Meditations for the Heart Chakra
It’ll probably come as no surprise to discover that the Heart chakra – or ‘Anahata’ – has an energy that revolves around love, kindness, and calmness. When the Heart chakra is blocked, you might feel suspicious, fearful, critical, and lonely – but when you find balance, empathy, compassion, and forgiveness can flow freely.
Perhaps one of the most powerful ways to meditate to benefit the Anahata is to practice loving-kindness. Although often thought of as just focused on kindness toward yourself, mantras can extend outwards, even focusing on connection, tolerance, and compassion towards those who you feel some conflict with.
If you decide to combine some yoga with your meditation practice, heart-opening poses and stretches like shoulder flossing, warrior 2, and full wheel will help you connect with loving energy.
Meditations for the Throat Chakra
In much the same way that the heart is connected with love, it will make sense to discover the fifth chakra – the Throat – is deeply connected to chanting and sacred singing. As such, exploring some chants, rhythmic songs, humming, and cathartic speech can be helpful to unblock the Throat – helping you communicate and express yourself honestly.
The right crystals and essential oils can be beneficial too. Exploring blue crystals like sodalite, lapis lazuli, blue apatite, aquamarine, and kyanite can help your meditation practice – as can essential oils like peppermint, lavender, and Roman chamomile.
For many people, their voice is more easily found than silence – so if you feel this imbalance, you might want to explore some alternative meditations for the Throat. Silence can be incredibly powerful – and even a short silent retreat can help to bring balance very quickly.
Meditations for the Third Eye Chakra
If you place a finger between your eyebrows and upwards very slightly, you’re pointing towards the Third Eye – or Anja chakra. It’s useful to think of your Third Eye as your conscious intuition – and when it’s blocked, you might find yourself making rash decisions or poor choices. When the Anja is out of balance, others might perceive you as losing touch with reality – overthinking things to the point of fearfulness.
Some of the best meditation practices for the Third Eye involve visualizations. In much the same way that a positive affirmation might involve telling yourself you’re capable or good enough, visualizations involve ‘seeing’ yourself being focused, intuitive, objective, and astute.
Darkroom meditation is also known to unblock the Anja chakra – and the sensory deprivation that comes from a floatation tank can also work well. If you’re more drawn to light, sun-gazing meditations can also be useful if you can make time around sunrise or sunset.
Meditations for the Crown Chakra
The seventh chakra, found at the top of the head, often goes by the name ‘Sahasrara’ or the Crown chakra. The Crown chakra is often associated with our consciousness, wisdom, and presence – along with a connection to higher states of consciousness and energy.
A blocked Sahasrara can leave you feeling isolated, overly cynical and dismissive of any higher power or guiding forces. On the other side of that, an out of balance Crown can leave you disconnected from your body, and closed-minded to physical earthly matters.
To activate your Crown’s full potential, any deep meditation practice is beneficial. Clearing your mind and focusing on just being – and your natural connection with energies higher than your individual self. To disconnect from the body, it might help to fast – particularly if done as part of a silent, or dark-room retreat.
If any of the symptoms of feelings I’ve covered here feel familiar to you, it’s highly likely that one or more of your chakras is either blocked or out of balance with the others.
You may have become accustomed to what these imbalances mean to you. You may be trying to learn to live with them – or simply decided that this is how life will look for you. Perhaps relationships aren’t for you? Maybe this is just your natural weight? Isn’t everyone in debt?
The truth is, you don’t have to accept the things that keep you stuck in a life that isn’t fulfilling you. If you’re ready for a change, why not take a look at what I do at my Healing Center? Through chakra healing, I’m proof that the person you are today doesn’t have to be the person you are tomorrow. We can work on those blocks together – and you can live the joyful life you deserve.