This week is second chakra week. The second chakra is also known as the sacral chakra or Swadhistana (the dwelling place of the self). The element associated with swadhistana is water. Water is fluid, flowing, light, moldable, and is often associated with emotions. While the root chakra was more concerned with the physical body, the sacral chakra is more focused on the emotional body. We want our emotions - ALL of our emotions - to flow through us like water. Unfortunately, many of us tend to repress or turn away from those emotions that we consider “bad” or uncomfortable. When we don’t allow these things to flow, we’re creating blockages in our emotional bodies, which can eventually affect us on a physical level. When our sacral chakra is out of balance, we may be fearful of change, either feel numb or feel overly emotional, be stiff or rigid physically or mentally, be unfocused and scattered, etc. Things are not moving and flowing and we feel stuck.
|I experience all my emotions. |
I absorb information from my feelings.
The yantra, or symbol, for swadhistana is a crescent moon. The moon has a close association with water and both symbolize change - change comes with flow and movement. The crescent moon also represents new beginnings, so with this movement and change comes the excitement of something new. "Change is the only constant in life.” The second chakra is about embracing this constant change and trusting that our river will always take us to where we need to go.
Swimming and being surrounded by water, dancing, doing something creative that will take you out of your mind and into your own personal flow are some other healing practices to do to balance this chakra. Once again music is also a good way to connect with different chakras, so here is one of my sacral chakra playlists. Enjoy!
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