A different type of meditation involves intoning mantras aloud to create a healing resonance in the mind and body. There are mantras associated with each of the seven energy centers in the body, known as chakras. The chakras are major junction points between consciousness and the body, and each one is associated with a specific vibration. Envisioned by the ancient seers as wheels or vortices of life force, they sometimes have been associated with major neural networks or hormonal systems.
Solar plexus Cardiac plexus Cervical plexus
Carotid plexus Cerebral cortex
Each center identifies a core human need. When the center is open, the energy that flows through the chakra allows you to meet those needs more effortlessly. If there is a blockage in one area of the body/mind system, energy becomes stagnant and your intentions are more difficult to actualize. You can activate each center by putting your attention in the location of the chakra and sounding the associated mantra aloud.
To begin this meditation, sit comfortably with your spine upright. Close your eyes and visualize the site of the energy center you wish to focus on. Take a deep breath, and on the inhalation, chant the mantra in one long syllable. Feel the sensations in your body and notice the sense of alert calm in your mind after each mantra. Envision energy flowing effortlessly from .dfcb. the base of your spine through the different energy centers and rising up through the top of your j . fA) , \ head. Notice how you feel in //\(J\J\\ the meditation and how it /As"^ affects you when you return to J\ your active life. ™——
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