What Is Chakra Meditation And How To Do It Effectively

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Chakra is the Sanskrit word meaning "wheel,” and chakras are energy wheels in your body that hold a certain level of consciousness and awareness.

Chakra meditation is for healing and balancing your seven different chakras: your crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, and root chakra. 

Your chakras become unbalanced, blocked, or hurt when you’re struggling with a physical illness, emotional unrest, negative expressions, and when you’re emotionally and physically closed off.

When you practice chakra balancing and healing meditation, your chakras let you have access to the level of consciousness that each chakra contains.

Chakra meditation can help to release and purify any negative energies you may be feeling because they are hidden within your body and you have to meditate in order for them to make their way out of your body. 

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Not only is practicing chakra meditation is good for your mind, but it’s also good for your health. If you're tired of feeling sick, unrested, unmotivated, then practicing chakra meditation will help you revitalize yourself and in general, just feel better mentally and physically. 

How to practice chakra meditation

In chakra meditation, there are different strategies that you can practice to balance each of your different Chakras. Your type of meditation might differ from others.

For example, if you’re more of a visual learner, you might want to focus more on colors that are associated with each chakra as a focal point as you’re meditating. Others might want to close their eyes and place a hand on where their chakra is and focus.

While practicing chakra meditation, just like any other meditation, it’s best to perform it daily or weekly for 20 minutes. 

The popular way of doing chakra meditation would be to stand, sit on the floor, or lie down and focus on your breathing. While focusing on your breathing, close your eyes and focus inward starting from your last chakra, the root, and work your way up when ready. 

When focusing on each chakra, visualize it spinning like the energy wheel it is, watch the direction of where the wheel is going and breathe into what looks like a light, a shape, space, and observe and trust the process.

Your breath will guide you as it expands the light of the chakra you’re seeing. As you focus on your breathing, it cleanses and heals your chakra to shine bright again. 

Your breath gives the chakra power to grow and heal and once you feel as if you’ve healed the chakra, move on up. 

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By the end if you don’t feel like a certain chakra isn’t as open as others, here are some tips for each individual chakra. 

Root chakra meditation

For balancing your root chakra, you need to feel grounded to where you are in the world.

Go outside and try doing some yoga or meditation outside, barefoot, connecting to the earth, focusing your energy and breath with every step.

Sacral chakra meditation

In order to successfully complete sacral chakra meditation, you need some crystals and verbal affirmations to help you along.

While meditating and holding your crystal in your hand, repeat positive affirmations that will clear negativity and blockage. 

If that doesn’t work, lie on your back and place the crystal over your sacral chakra, which is over your abdomen/ stomach area, and imagine and feel an orange light spreading and healing your body. 

Solar plexus chakra meditation

To balance your solar plexus chakra, which is all about your control over your thoughts and mindset, you need to focus on positive affirmations.

You can do this sitting down or laying down, outside if you prefer, and take deep breaths.

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Do this before you start your day and take this energy with you to train yourself to stay more positive in your thinking about yourself. 

Heart chakra meditation

In order to balance your heart chakra, which controls your emotions and feelings, you need to learn how to feel more grateful and happy.

Find something therapeutic like doing yoga, going for a walk on a sunny day, or taking a bike ride.

All of these different physical activities are good to balance your heart chakra because exercise is great for treating your heart chakra. 

Throat chakra meditation

If you feel like your throat chakra is blocked off or unbalanced, this is mostly due to you not speaking and honoring the truth in your life.

You need to put yourself in check when meditating for the throat chakra and take accountability for your words by using essential oils and crystals with you as you meditate to cleanse bad energy. 

Third-eye chakra meditation: 

You will notice when your third-eye chakra is closed off or not balanced when you’re having trouble and anxiety thinking about the future and wary about your intuition.

To help this, you need to focus and practice mindful meditation which is best to get your back to trusting your intuition and not having any fear. 

Crown chakra meditation: 

Your crown chakra is what helps you feel connected to the world spiritually and mentally. In order to meditate for your Crown Chakra, what’s best is to repeat affirmations to boost confidence and basic meditation.

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Megan Hatch is a writer at YourTango who covers self, health and wellness, and pop culture. 

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