When we quiet our mind our attention naturally turns to our internal world. Not necessarily our emotional world, which is naturally entangled with the external world. Rather it allows us to discover what is underneath our day to day thoughts, feelings, sense of doing, reaction and entanglement with the external world. When we meditate, we are positioning ourselves to have a certain experience. What that experience is, of course, varies. Sometimes I sit in meditation and nothing really happens. My mind is just quietly resting in silence. Other times I experience a profound sense of Stillness. Other times I go into a deep energetic trance and have profound physical, energetic, visual, and auditory experiences. For myself I’ve found whatever experience is had in meditation is valuable and something I learn from.
Sometimes it is helpful to start of a meditation with a specific action for the mind to take. In such as case, I’ve found working with the chakras is a lovely way to kick off your inner inquiry. The chakras are energetic fields of information that govern the workings of our mind, body, emotions and soul and spiritual contact. The information dispelled from the chakra fields inform our endocrine glands that in turn direct our biology and psychology through the release of hormones.
This meditation can be used to focus on either the chakra centers themselves or the endocrine glands. To start you might want to look up where the glands or chakras are. Print and post them on the wall if easy/possible. Or just look at them so you have an idea where they are in your body. When you get ready to meditate have the images close by. Sit or lay in a comfortable position. Begin by looking at the pictures and scanning your body and see if you can find a sensation coming from the gland or chakra. Once you find it, close your eyes and take some breaths. I like to see myself bringing in gold light and exhaling out the old. Sometimes it’s old thoughts, emotions, stagnant energy or even another color. If you are pressed on time you can do just a few breaths for each gland or chakra, starting at the base (1) and working your way to your crown (7). When you have more time, I suggest staying on each gland until you feel it is balanced, or have an intuition to move on to another one.
Chakra centers are located:
1st - Perineum
2nd - Sacrum
3rd - Half way between navel and bottom of sternum
4th - Center of the chest/sternum
5th- Center of throat
6th- Center of forehead
7th- Top of head
Endocrine gland associated with the chakras are;
1st - ovaries
2nd - adrenals
3rd - pancreas
4th - thymus
In our culture there is a lot of promotion of using meditation as a tool to manage stress. This is true. But there is much, much……much more to it. Meditation is a way we can bring our soul to the forefront of ourselves by changing the resonance of our body and mind, and truly enlighten ourselves. I encourage daily practice of at least 20 minutes so you can get a taste of the jewels within.