“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra

Welcome to the second week of the Chakra series!  Today we will be talking about the sacral chakra, represented by the colour orange and located just below the belly button.  The element related to the sacral chakra is water.  It asks us to acknowledge how creativity, pleasure, and emotions flow through us with ease if we allow them to.

However, as we grow up in our culture, we are often taught to hold things in.  Our creativity is not always encouraged, and when it is, we are taught how to do it “properly”.  I had a realization this week as I was talking to a friend.  I was saying how I love to write (as you can tell by my blog) and I’m very committed to it even if no one reads it.  It’s a creative outlet for me that I would do regardless of whether it has any impact.  If it does, that’s a bonus!

I love my blog because it’s just me writing and posting without having to conform to any specific guidelines or rules.  As I was explaining that to her, I made the connection to a specific part of my childhood.  I loved being creative, doing arts and crafts, painting and drawing, so I started taking art lessons.  I loved it at first!  My art teacher was really cool and he would come over to my house once a week for private lessons.  I learned a lot and loved the paintings and drawings I did, but eventually I got frustrated and decided I didn’t want to do it anymore because I didn’t want to be told how to draw and paint, I just wanted to draw and paint.  Must be the Sagittarius in me 😉

Ok, so I have to interrupt this post to tell you this…I’m currently sitting at my desk typing away.  I started this post knowing I was going to talk about the sacral chakra but not knowing exactly what I would say.  As I got typing all of the above flowed through.  After I finished typing the last sentence of the previous paragraph, I stopped to take a breath and when I did, I looked to my left and noticed the card “may you know creativity” right beside me.  I pulled that card a while ago, I don’t remember exactly when, and I hadn’t really given it any conscious thought since, but it’s interesting how it completely relates to the theme this week.

My view as I write this post.    May You Know Joy    card deck by Adrienne Enns.

My view as I write this post. May You Know Joy card deck by Adrienne Enns.

My point is, as children we are creative and emotional beings, but somewhere along the line we often get taught (not necessarily directly, but through society) to keep our emotions to ourselves and our creativity can be repressed as well.  I believe that everyone has some work to do on this chakra, so here are some techniques to help you tap into your emotions, creativity, and find balance in these areas.

·       Journaling – grab some paper and a pen and answer the following questions.  Once you read the question, try to start writing and continue writing whatever is going through your mind for a couple minutes, even if all you’re thinking is “I don’t know what to write”…write that!  Eventually something will come through, but even if it doesn’t at least you acknowledged your thoughts.  Here are the questions:

o   How are you feeling right now?

o   How do you express your emotions/creativity?

o   Is there any guilt you need to release?

·       Dancing – put on your favourite song and just move! 

·       Art – draw, paint, colour, create.  Do whatever your heart desires.  Don’t over think it, just let the creativity flow.

·       Meditation – either seated or lying down, close your eyes and tune into your breath.  Take note of it, without trying to change it.  Just notice how at any moment the most important thing you’re doing is breathing.  As you breathe, imagine your breath like ocean waves, washing over you.  As you inhale, imagine the wave coming into shore, and as you exhale, it goes back out to sea.  Notice the rhythm, how naturally it occurs, and how it flows whether you’re conscious of it or not.  Just like your creativity and emotions, they’re always there, whether you tap into them is up to you.

·       Nature – since the sacral chakra is related to water, get outside and enjoy some!  Feel the rain on your skin, go to the beach, swim in a lake or pool, or you could even just stay in and take a bath.  Do something to get in touch with the natural characteristics of water.  Most importantly, drink up!  *cue me pausing to take a sip*

I challenge you to give at least one of these a try this week.  Notice how you feel before you start and when you’re done.  Was there a shift?

If you want to get extra fancy, you can even choose a few of these and build your own full moon ritual to do on Wednesday or Thursday this week (August 14th or 15th) as we welcome the full moon in Aquarius.  If you’re new to the moon cycle but are interested in learning more, I send out biweekly newsletters on the new and full moon, just send me your email address and I’ll gladly add you to the distribution list 😊

If you give any of these practices a try, I would love to hear what you think!  Leave me a comment below, message me on Instagram, or send me an email by clicking on the envelope icon at the bottom of the page.  I’m also open to any questions you have about this content or feedback for the remainder of the series!

Namaste,

- Alyssa.

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