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Day Fifty-Lesson 6-Unleashing Your True Passion & Self Confidence-Sacral Chakra (Svasdhisthana)

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As a high school counsellor I was on the front lines of the direct effect

the absurd way that sexuality, sex and intimacy were portrayed on the

viral network. How can a child grow up in our era with a healthy sense

of intimacy? How can they protect themselves from being tainted by

the over-sexualized media giant that penetrates them for so many

hours a day. I think if they trust their instincts about intimacy and

show one another mutual respect they have a fighting chance at a

healthy intimate outlook on their sexual health.

The sacral chakra is the core of our sensuality, passion and the

ability and ease at which we express our true selves.

Another topic of note when looking at the sacral chakra is how

conservative and constrained our society is-I am talking about

how we are programmed to sit still for an eight hour school or

work day-and not act too cray cray-so as not to make others feel

uncomfortable. We are so afraid of seeming odd, weird or crazy that

our true passionate nature-which is the most core sense of our being-

is held down and muffled; kicked under the proverbial carpet of

expression. I find it very sad that I have to tone myself down all the

time-I am a very colourful person but in most situations I make sure

that I play the role I am supposed to like a good wife, mother and

upstanding member of the community. Are we all hiding behind our

masks? I believe we are. It takes so much effort to put on our

‘faces’ our ‘costumes’ and read from the script of the real world-

by the time we get home we are so exhausted it is a relief to just

let it all hang out once again.

Today we are focusing on the sacral chakra-the core

of our passion and sensuality.

Morning Meditation: Balancing the Sacral Chakra

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Journal Entry: When was the most passionate time of your life?

What was going on in your life at this time and how did it affect

you this way? What could you do now to tap into that passion once

again?

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Some fabulous information about the Sacral Chakra from Chakra Anatomy

http://www.chakra-anatomy.com/sacral-chakra.html

The Sacral Chakra is your passion and pleasure centre and it is located in the pelvic area. While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment.

sacral chakraThe gift of this chakra is experiencing our lives through feelings and sensations. The second chakra is the centre of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection.

The energy of this chakra allows you to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body. It allows you to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness.

The main challenge for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society. We live in a society where feelings are not valued, where passion, and emotional reactions are being frowned upon. We are being taught not to “loose control”. And we get disconnected from our bodies, our feelings.

As if this was not enough, we also experience the wounds of our collective cultural struggles over many sexual issues of our society. On one hand sexuality is magnified and glorified, and on the other hand it is rejected. This results in either blocked or excessive second chakra issues.

No wonder we have so many issues with our passion centre, the wellspring of feelings, enjoyment, and sensuality.

Do you love your body? Do you enjoy feeling your body? When was the last time you walked barefoot on the grass and felt the sensation of ground underneath your feet?

The sacral chakra is also your centre of creativity. Passion is the fuel of creative energy. Everything you create, a poem, a drawing, or a website, originates from the energy of second chakra. It is also where your fertility originates. After all, conceiving a child is a creative process.

A person with an open Svadhisthana Chakra is passionate, present in her body, sensual, creative, and connected to her feeling.

Sacral Chakra at a glance:

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Sacral Chakra Affirmations

I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.

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Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana (sweetness)
Element: Water
Color: Orange
Shape: Circle with crescent
Petals of the lotus: Six
Seed sound: VANG
Vowel sound: Oo
Rights: To feel, to want
Endocrine gland: Ovaries, testicles
Physical association: Womb, genitals, kidney, bladder
Psychological function: Movement and connection
Identity: Emotional
Developmental stage: 6 months – 2 years
Challenge: Guilt
Plane: Astral plane
Planets: Mercury, Jupiter, Moon
Deity: Indra, Rakini, Vishnu
Mythological Animal:
Incense: Gardenia, damiana
Herb: Fennel, corriander
Sephira: Yesod
Tarot Suit: Cups

As you try these sacral chakra balancing poses try listening to

this incredible Kundalini music by Uma Mohan:

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The best sacral chakra yoga poses are those that work with movement in the hips and lower abdomen. Some poses are aimed at opening and some are aimed at moving energy through this area. Learn yoga poses to open the flow of creativity in your life, to feel more sensual and to experience your life with more passion.

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Sacral Chakra – Sun Salutation to encourage graceful, flowing movements. Movements that keep us fluid and flexible in body, mind, and spirit. Learn the sequence of 12 powerful poses to balance your second chakra.

 Evening Meditation: Chakra Balancing Music for Sleep

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Twenty-Seven: “The Art of Sleep”: Natural Ways to Reduce Insomnia

From the time I was a small child I remember being in my dimly lit

bedroom, the house silent, faint snores coming from the hallway

unable to feel tired let alone sleep. When I did sleep it was like a

miracle happened and I had no recollection of how and when this

blissful sleep overtook me. I tried everything-all the old housewife

remedies-honey on toast, chamomile tea, a warm mug of milk,

a hot bath, lavender oil but still my brain just wanted to be alert

constantly. Thoughts racing around like rats in a scientific maze.

Some nights the frustration caused so much anxiety that I would

beg God to just take me so I could rest my mind and thoughts.

My mother was the same way. I remember specifically one night

when I was five years old. When I fell asleep (it was the one of the

rare nights I did) my room was green with white and red checkers.

The next morning the  light shone in through my naked window frame

as I strained to open my eyes. My mom was tapping me on the shoulder, singing

her wake up song-which I so adored…”Rise and Shine and Give God

Your Glory Glory!!!” She held a large pink bundle in her hand and said,

“you have to wake up-I want to put your new sheets on the bed.”

As I blinked my eyelids fully open and they adjusted to the bright

sun I noticed that my mom was covered head to toe in Pepto Bismo

coloured paint; the fumes assaulted my senses.  My bed was no longer on

the far left wall but in the centre of the room.

My bedroom was now baby pink and there was plastic covering all the furniture.

In shock and speechless I sat up as my mom chirped “What do you think honey?

Do you like it?” I asked her how in the hell she managed to completely repaint

my room as I slept during the night, she even painted the inside of the closet.

I unfortunately had the trait of insomnia passed down to me.

In my Counselling office and in discussion with friends and people in

general I notice that one of the biggest issues and causes of mental

illness is long standing sleep deprivation. It can slowly decline your

quality of life and ability to cope with the stress of daily living.

Ten years ago I escaped from the insomnia trap and I did that

by learning and utilizing guided meditations/visualizations every

single night (as well as sleeping beside the man I love surrounded

by at least five cozy pillows!

Have fun with the variety of sleep remedies, ideas, exercises.

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Morning Meditation: Louise Hay-Morning Meditation

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32 Solutions for When You Can’t Sleep

http://greatist.com/health/cant-sleep-advice-and-tips

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Informed Viewing: TED Talks-A Playlist on Insomnia Talks

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Music To Cure Insomnia

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Natural Sleep Dust-A Fun Little Project

http://butterbeliever.com/how-to-fall-back-asleep/

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Whipped Sleepy time Rub-Another Fun Recipe

http://thepaleomama.com/2014/07/whipped-sleepytime-rub/

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Herbal Sleep Tea Recipe

http://www.littlehomesteaders.com/2014/09/herbal-sleep-tea-

ultimate-effective-easy-recipe/

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Laughter is the Best Medicine: The 25 Most Awkward Cat

Sleeping Positions:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/paws/awkward-cat-sleeping-

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Top Ten Yoga Positions to Cure Insomnia

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/yoga-poses-to-cure-insomnia/

Reading Material:

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Evening Meditation for Insomnia; Jason Stephenson

Peace, Love & Namaste

Em